Articles by Br. Jacob Theunisz, BTh, BSc, licensed minister Church of England.
Views and opinions expressed are purely my own.

Names, Titles, and other Distractions

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-11T12:30:35+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Articles|0 Comments

Adam and Eve as priests

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-09T22:13:59+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Articles|0 Comments

The untenable pedestal

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 [...]

By | 2018-02-05T19:56:31+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Articles|0 Comments

Do pastors have their own kind of spirituality?

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 [...]

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

Reforms and limitations of Vatican II

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-13T15:17:48+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Articles|0 Comments

Clergy and laity dualism

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-10T20:53:46+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Articles|2 Comments