9
Jul
2012
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From Glory to Glory

The Church of England is in the middle of a General Synod right now where one of the questions under discussion is whether to allow for the ordination of women as bishops.  Since 1994, the Church of England has ordained women to the priesthood but has preserved the male-only tradition within the episcopate.  According to this article, 42 of 44 dioceses are in favor of making this change, which suggests that the Church of England will be making this change,...
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27
Jun
2012
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The People of God

I remember my mom telling me about the first time she heard a homily telling how the Church is actually the People of God.  From her perspective, the “Church” might have been many things, but this idea that “I, we who are sitting in the pews, are the Church,” was utterly shocking.  It even sounded like heresy! I can very easily imagine how this confusion could come about.  Think of the way we use the phrase “The Church” most commonly,...
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21
Jun
2012
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Images Are Powerful

I recently tested the waters with Pinterest (despite my internal protests of “Please don’t make me learn another social media tool!”).  It seemed very odd to me at first.  The idea is great – stash all the things that interest you in one place to keep track of them and share them with friends.  But would it really be enough to have a photo and a caption?  Could that jog my memory enough for me to go back and find...
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17
Jun
2012
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Not "What" but "How"

In his opening speech convening the Second Vatican Council in 1962, Pope John XXIII had perhaps a single point of emphasis, captured in a single sentence: “The substance of the ancient doctrine of the deposit of faith is one thing, and the way in which it is presented is another.” In other words, this Council was not to concern itself as much with what to teach (which was decided and presumed to be known) but with how to present the...
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