Something Strange About Those Catholics

This year I’ve begun watching the engaging British period drama Downton Abbey, in which the prevailing attitude toward Catholics, for most of the show’s characters, is predictably English.  I personally find a great source of amusement in their occasional offhanded jabs; for example, a few weeks ago I got a good chuckle from the throwaway [Read More…]

An Elephant in the Sacristy!: Is Apostolicae Curae still in force?

One of the most intractable issues in ecumenical dialogue is the question of the mutual recognition of apostolic ministry.  From an official Roman Catholic perspective, the Orthodox have valid ministry.  The ministries of some other, much smaller, groups, like the Old Catholics and the Society of St. Pius X, are generally considered valid as well.  [Read More…]

A New Stage of Ecumenism?: Some Thoughts on the Forthcoming Apostolic Constitution

As a Catholic blogger whose academic specialty is ecumenism I have felt some pressure to write something about the latest big news from the Vatican, namely the announcement about the forthcoming Apostolic Constitution that provides a kind of canonical vehicle that will allow groups of Anglicans to come into full communion with the Catholic Church.  [Read More…]

Betjeman: An Appreciation

John Betjeman was a truly outstanding poet – among the greatest of the 20th Century and likely the most popular English poet of his time. Yet it could still be argued he is underappreciated. The author of lovely poems about life, his homeland, and Christianity, he was a devout Anglican and devoted family man racked [Read More…]

Why Archbishop Williams is not a “liberal”

James K. A. Smith, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College, contributes a refreshing post on why Archbishop of Canterbury is not a “liberal.” This may come as a shock to folks like Gerald Augustinus and his followers who have mindlessly made a habit of referring to Williams as “the hyper-liberal arch-druid.” An excerpt: One [Read More…]

Why Archbishop Williams is not a “liberal”

James K. A. Smith, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College, contributes a refreshing post on why Archbishop of Canterbury is not a “liberal.” This may come as a shock to folks like Gerald Augustinus and his followers who have mindlessly made a habit of referring to Williams as “the hyper-liberal arch-druid.” An excerpt: One [Read More…]