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

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 | 2017-08-12T23:01:19+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 | 2017-08-26T17:39:42+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Articles|2 Comments