Well, the status confessionis has passed. No, actually, it has morphed into something else which will prove to be far more challenging. My blog of July 15 ("Words to the Church.....") identifying the status confessionis, has been visited almost four times more than anything else I have ever posted, but now it is out of date ( although I believe it […]
Neil Alexander has an interesting reflection on the pending revision of the Book of Common Prayer, particularly in terms of where we stand with the language of the 1979 version. What is interesting is how much ground he ends up giving to a conservative and possibly even a little reactionary revision. He admits, for instance, that "even after 40 years of […]
In class a subject surfaced that I don’t recall ever hearing discussed in seminary: “Should pastors be their parishioners’ ‘friend?’” The conversation began when one of my students noted that a member of his church had decided that, after some deliberation, “they could be friends.” My student noted that he understood that his parishioner meant [Read More...] […]
The truth is, scriptures like these were not written for comfortable people. They were not written by comfortable people. These scriptures have nothing whatsoever to do with comfort. This week, we can’t look away. And we shouldn’t look away from the message of grace and mercy that the Gospel has for us.
Several people have asked Crusty when he was going to weigh in on the events in our nation in the past couple of weeks, and my thoughts on the election of Trump as president. COD has always tended to take a bit of a wait-and-see, trying to balance addressing issues of pressing concern while also waiting to see how things begin to settle; since Crusty was tr […]
The Revd Nigel Pierpoint and the Revd Kevin Conroy make their declarations to the Archbishop of Dublin prior to their ordination as priests in Christ Church Cathedral earlier this year … at their ordination, priests are told they ‘are to lead God’s people in prayer and worship’ (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2016) Patrick Comerford TH 8824: Liturgy, Worship […]