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The untenable pedestal

By |2018-02-05T19:56:31+00:00August 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+00:00July 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 [...]

Clergy and laity dualism

By |2018-03-10T20:53:46+00:00June 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 [...]

The unhappy marriage of 2 words

By |2017-05-05T14:58:15+00:00May 3rd, 2017|Articles|

How two Greek words (for priest and elder) became confused and how this still affects us today. This subject is kind of controversial between Catholics and Protestants, but that is no reason to ignore it, on the contrary. The subject has often been looked at from one point of view only. This has led either [...]