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By | 2018-03-30T23:46:01+00:00 March 30th, 2018|Articles|

The following article is a response to a blog from 2016 by Father Marcus. This blog, which starts with a picture of a giant dog collar, was posted on at least three different websites and has crossed my path several times. Father Marcus describes the hardships of being a pastor and then encourages those considering [...]

Names, Titles, and other Distractions

By | 2018-03-11T12:30:35+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Articles|

Humanity seems to be having many problems with the name of God. This does not only concern swearing or the many flippant uses of “OMG”. It is not even limited to all the bad things that were done in the name of God in the course of history. It goes further than being ashamed to [...]

Adam and Eve as priests

By | 2018-03-09T22:13:59+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Articles|

The first three chapters of the book of Genesis seem an unlikely place to start our reflections about the priesthood, for priests and priesthood are not mentioned in them. However, sometimes things which are not spelt out are almost as important as the ones that are. The natural state of Adam and Eve before they [...]

Six principles of the Reformation

By | 2018-02-05T19:40:29+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Articles|

Martin Luther is best known for the 95 theses which he is said to have nailed to the door of the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg on the 31st of October 1517. For this reason Luther is sometimes called “the hammer” of the Reformation. Although there is reasonable doubt about the hammering,[1] the theses are real enough. [...]

The untenable pedestal

By | 2018-02-05T19:56:31+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Articles|

In a way, I am glad I have not (or not yet) been ordained . Otherwise, I might be tempted not to address a persistent abuse and its feeble justifications. In his blog[1] an ex-Anglican priest argues why in the Roman Catholic Church only the “ordained clergy” (a pleonasm!) may preach at Mass. The subject [...]

Do pastors have their own kind of spirituality?

By | 2017-07-04T16:00:28+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Articles|

On the 25th of June 2017, the Old-Catholic Church in Amsterdam hosted a symposium on the question whether there is such a thing as a specific priestly spirituality. For me, the clearest answer came from Revd. Mattijs Ploeger, lecturer in Systematic Theology. Defining spirituality as living close to Christ and His mission, he came to [...]

Reforms and limitations of Vatican II

By | 2017-07-13T15:17:48+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Articles|

In 1964 The Roman Catholic Church held the Second Vatican Council and adopted a new dogmatic constitution dealing with how the Church understood itself, in other words about its ecclesiology. I was only seven at the time and completely unaware of its implications, for other churches as well. The constitution was called Lumen Gentium, Light [...]

Clergy and laity dualism

By | 2018-03-10T20:53:46+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Articles|

In this article, we will look at the grounds, if any, for distinguishing two groups of Christians, a laity and a clergy. First of all, it is important to recognise that the terms “laity” and “clergy” are not used in the Bible in a technical sense. When they are used at all, they are not [...]