Understanding the Crisis in the Church of England

Westminster Abbey

Do you need to understand the Church of England? Here are some explanations from this former Anglican: The Church of England is the Mother Church of the churches of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. Each of these churches are national churches and are independent. So, for example, the Anglican Church in Nigeria is independent from the [Read More...]

Who Governs the Church of England?

Today the Church of England General Synod will take a historic vote on the question of women bishops. The vote will be very close. Although it is thought that most people are in favor of women bishops, there are enough opposed to make the success of the measure in doubt. What interests me is that [Read More...]

C of E — Church of Everybody?

queen and abc

One of the jokes when I was a member of the Church of England was that “C of E” stood for: “Church of Everybody”. It was an ambiguous joke–on the one hand poking the C of E for being such a rubbery kind of institution that it stood for nothing and therefore fell for anything. [Read More...]

Chust for Nice

Blackfriars -- the Dominicans in Oxford

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Shakespeare the Catholic

shakespeare

Today is William Shakespeare’s birthday, and it’s getting to be pretty well accepted that the mysterious man of Avon was actually a Catholic. Joseph Pearce’s book, The Quest for Shakespeare is the best of the books exploring the evidence for Shakespeare’s Catholicism. It is a web of intriguing evidence from the fact that Shakespeare’s mother [Read More...]

Welcome New Readers

Since moving this blog over to Patheos I am aware that there are a good number of new readers on board. Welcome! I hope you come often and stay to look around. My story is this: I grew up in Pennsylvania in a devout, conservative Evangelical home. After high school I went to the fundamentalist [Read More...]


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