Adam and Eve as priests

By |2018-03-09T22:13:59+02:00February 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+02:00October 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+02:00August 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+02:00July 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+02:00June 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 [...]