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Here’s my piece for The Times of London on the new personal ordinariates.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09627986880884206811 flyingvic

    I'm sorry that you see fit so to patronise your former colleagues in the Anglican communion. You manage to suggest, it seems to me, that the Church of Rome has only one opinion – the Pope's – on anything. The fact of the matter, surely, is that there are many voices within the RC church trying to get a hearing on such diverse topics as contraception and women's ordination; but that your new church makes more strenuous efforts than your old one to stifle unwelcome debate. Your own acceptance as a married priest within a celibate priesthood carries both the revelation that a church that sings only in unison can change its tune when it wants to and the suggestion that there is a hint of desperation about where the next catholic priest might come from. You may perhaps have forgotten that the Anglican church was given its shape by Richard Hooker to be a church that welcomed a wide variety of opinion – and as such it remains faithful to its vision to this day.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12373317560249811006 Fr Longenecker

    Chesterton said the only reason to have an open mind is the same reason to have an open mouth–that is to eventually close it on something nutritious.The Church has discussed contraception and women's ordination and eventually made up her mind. Why go on discussing it?Desperation about where the next priest is coming from? No problem there. He's coming from Africa.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09627986880884206811 flyingvic

    If you want to trade quotations how about Milton? Hail horrors, hail Infernal world, and thou profoundest Hell Receive thy new possessor: one who brings A mind not to be changed by place or time.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12373317560249811006 Fr Longenecker

    I guess you have to choose whether to build your house on shifting sand or on a rock.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09627986880884206811 flyingvic

    Remembering, of course, that here on earth we have no continuing city!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04964314266441708310 Gashwin

    Hey Fr. Longenecker: the Economist has weighed in on the Holy Father's outreach to Anglicans in their latest issue, under the unconscionable title, "The pope's power grab." (That's how it appears on the cover, but not in the article itself.) They're generally a decent news magazine, but when it comes to religion, and Christianity in particular, their reporting gets incredibly fuzzy. http://www.economist.com/world/international/displayStory.cfm?story_id=14700662&source;=hptextfeature