Why I Distrust Church Synods

General Synod of the Church of England

As a former Anglican I distrust church synods. Here’s why. The General Synod of the Church of England is at it’s foundation, a democratically minded, man made institution. It was founded in 1970 on the foundations of the Church Assembly which had been in existence since 1910. The Church Assembly was a consultative body of [Read More...]

Bl. John Henry Newman

Bl. John Henry Newman

Today is the memorial of the great Bl John Henry Newman. Remember his tender and wise words: God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I [Read More...]

Good Non-Catholic Christians – Is There Salvation Outside the Church?

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The sudden death of Tony Palmer–the friend of Pope Francis–has raised the question whether he could be saved even though he never converted to the Catholic faith. Some Catholics would shake their head sadly and quote the famous phrase, Extra Ecclesiam nulls salus- Outside the Church, No Salvation. Does this mean that everyone who is not a [Read More...]

Pittenger and Lewis

C.S.Lewis

  This week’s article for The Imaginative Conservative recounts a meeting I had while chaplain at Kings College, Cambridge with the theologian Norman Pittenger. One afternoon I was sitting in my room reading an essay by C.S. Lewis called “A Rejoinder to Dr Pittenger”. Norman Pittenger was an Anglican theologian famous for being a proponent [Read More...]

Can the Convergence Movement Converge with the Ordinariate?

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Bishop Tony Palmer–the friend of Pope Francis who died last week in a motorcycle crash–was representative of a new movement in non Catholic Christian circles called the “convergence church movement”. What is “convergence church” and why does it matter? The convergence movement must be distinguished from two other similar sounding Protestant church movements. “Convergence Christianity” [Read More...]

All That Really Matters is How Much You Love Jesus?

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When I resigned from my position as an Anglican priest one of the ladies in the parish was very upset. She couldn’t figure out the point of my decision. “Surely!” she cried, “All that really matters is how much we love Jesus?” This is the response from many non-Catholics when faced with the doctrinal claims [Read More...]


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