Not our ways

By |2018-06-19T12:29:24+02:00May 13th, 2018|Articles|

You probably know the saying "Gods ways are not our ways", which is sometimes used when we have no explanations or do not even want to think about them. It is taken from Isaiah 55 verse 8. The following verse even states that Gods ways and ours differ like heaven an earth. Now, in what [...]

And then think some more

By |2019-10-22T22:34:19+02:00March 30th, 2018|Articles|

The following article is a response to “Thinking about ordination?”, a blog from 2016 by Father Marcus (in 2019 removed from his own site). This blog, which started 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 [...]

Adam and Eve as priests

By |2018-03-09T22:13:59+01:00February 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+01:00October 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+01:00August 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 [...]