VITAL WORKS RECONSIDERED, #53 & #54
Penance is man’s pitiful part in cooperation with grace, an extreme method necessary to combat the difficulties posed by the passion and the pride of man.
ON SPEAKING WITH AUTHORITY
Thomas H. Hubert
Kierkegaard’s concept of “the Apostle” influenced Percy’s presentation of character and theological insight in his fiction.
NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK
The Episcopal Church contorts its theology to conform to the broader culture, but the culture has no real use for a Christianity remade in its image.
Charles A. Coulombe
A review of The North American High Tory Tradition
TO "THE ANSWER PRIEST"
Edward B. Connolly
Same-sex marriage is causing deep and possibly irreparable division in the Anglican Communion, the third-largest Christian communion in the world.
RE-APPROPRIATING THE SUBJECTIVE WITH THE OBJECTIVE
Richard Upsher Smith Jr.
RALPH ADAMS CRAM & THE ANGLO-PAPALISTS
The recent history of the Anglican Communion shows that shedding virtually all of its distinctively Christian moral teachings in order to achieve "relevance" has disastrous results.
The days of trusting what's going on deep behind the scenes in chanceries and in the Roman curia are over. Transparency is what's needed, not blind trust in some broken bureaucracy.
UNDERSTANDING A GOODLY HERITAGE
Martha C. Eischen
Some mainline Protestant denominations are in rapid decline because they have no message that is discernibly different from the secular culture.
FROM OUT OF C.S. LEWIS'S LONG SHADOW
Chene Richard Heady
Anne Barbeau Gardiner
Review of Fires of Faith: Catholic England Under Mary Tudor
Just when we were beginning to think that things couldn't get any more schizoid in the Anglican Communion, things are getting, well, more schizoid.
C.S. LEWIS & T.S. ELIOT ON CONTRACEPTION
Gregory K. Laughlin
PIKE OR PIUS?
Andrew M. Seddon
The practical effect of the Pope's Anglicanorum Coetibus has been to crystallize the
significant differences between modern Anglicanism and Holy Mother Church.
Anglican prelates are already dropping hints that they are seriously considering taking up Pope Benedict's offer to help them across the Tiber.
What might the Archbishop of Canterbury's "two-track" model for the Anglican Communion look like at the local level?
Some say the demise of Anglicanism truly began in the 1530s when King Henry VIII "nationalized" the Catholic Church in England.
BAPTISM OR BIRTHRIGHT?
F. Douglas Kneibert
For many liberal Christians, God has been reduced to a sugar daddy who hands out His gifts free of charge -- come one, come all.
Why does the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury feel it necessary to hold a "secret" Communion service with gay clergy?
The Anglican Church of England would no doubt be close to shutting down if it weren't for "gay" and lesbian clergy.
James S. Blankenship
According to Pope Leo XIII, Anglican Orders are "absolutely null and utterly void." That makes the Anglo-Catholic "Eucharist" invalid, too.
It's luv, luv, luv that makes the world go round, and who cares what comes after.
Might the Golden Age of Anglican converts be coming to an end?
A revealing vignette about the priorities of the Episcopal Church...
The Protestant Reformers' revolution was extremist, not unlike that of the Taliban, as exemplified by their zeal for destruction.
It would appear that homosexuals are a special breed entitled to special privileges in the Episcopal Church.
There are still Catholic bishops who believe that a Third Vatican Council could authorize priestesses and bishopettes.
Larry A. Carstens
The Catholic Church will never capitulate to the times, and those among her members who do generally do not remain within her for long.
TOLERANCE FOR VAMPIRES
The Vicar reminded us that the Anglican Communion embraces a wide variety of lifestyles and said the time had come for him to come out of the closet.
The Anglicans has fallen on hard times, both in terms of membership and finances.
Stanley L. Jaki
Arthur Schlesinger said the most "tenacious tradition of paranoic agitation in American history has been anti-Catholicism." This book is a product of it.
MAY WE LEARN, SOONER RATHER THAN LATER
For many a Protestant who would never have been able to make the jump to Rome immediately, Anglo-Catholicism has served as a halfway house.
THE DIASPORA OF TRADITIONAL ANGLICANS
William J. Tighe
To Anglicans, healthy Anglican Use parishes offer an appropriation of all that is best in the Catholic patrimony of Anglicanism.
A CHAPTER IN THE ILLUSION OF REUNITING CANTERBURY WITH ROME
Keep in mind St. Paul’s dire warning that heresies would of necessity come so that the genuine faith of the elect may come to light all the more strongly.
FEMINISM RULES — AND RUINS
Any full-time Church of England clergyman who worked for at least five years prior to 1992 was entitled to compensation if he resigned over women's ordination.
The Reformation was received by the great mass of Englishmen with reluctance, resentment, and resistance. Catholic England did not “pass away”; it was murdered.
When fewer and fewer men enter a profession, does it become marginalized?
A RESPONSE TO THOMAS STORCK
The idea attempts to describe the signs of the Church in its wounded state, a state with difficulties that could be far better dealt with if no schisms had occurred.
A PLACE HAS BEEN PREPARED
Charles M. Wilson
We may see increasing numbers of Anglicans coming to recognize that what they are seeking can be found only in full communion with the Successor of Peter.
WAS HE 'ECUMENICAL' OR NOT ?
The view that one can find encouragement in the writings of the Catholic Newman for the reunion of Churches is a mighty myth.
BY WHAT AUTHORITY DOES C.S. LEWIS PONTIFICATE?
Implicit in the 'mere Christianity' notion is a denial of the supreme importance of the Catholic faith as the complete revelation of God.
Anne Barbeau Gardiner shows "that Dryden’s poem has a grand and unified design that has hitherto gone unnoticed.”
LOOKING BACKWARD FROM YEAR 2015
NEO-PAGANISM: OUT OF THE BROOM CLOSET
The Catechism — like the Ten Commandments and Jesus’ injunctions against lust — reduces ECUSA’s sexuality resolution to cinders.
Too many seminarians these days are too outspokenly traditional.
Let Rome be Rome, and let the ecumenical chips fall where they may.
When Newman speaks of his happy surprise at how objective and real he found the Catholic religion to be, he often refers to the Real Presence.
Why are Anglicans more tired on Sunday mornings nowadays than they were 30 years ago?
If Episcopalians want to call their bishop by his (or her) first name, that's their business.
Anglo-Catholicism was a victim of its own success
"Remember that Episcopal lady priest you met at the ecumenical conference?"
The wealthy Anglican Churches promote a radical transformation of Christianity to make it over in a way agreeable to elite society.
Since all that was valid about the “Reformation protest” has been accepted by the Church, it is time for Protestants to “come home.”
Thomas Cranmer was one of the overseers of what Diarmaid MacCulloch calls “a religious revolution of ruthless thoroughness.”
Review of Catholic and Reformed: The Roman and Protestant Churches in English Protestant Thought, 1600-1640
EVANGELIZATION? NOT IN BRITAIN
Hopes for the full evangelization of Anglicans were dashed by a statement issued by, of all people, the Catholic bishops of England.
Review of A Tactful God. Gregory Dix: Priest, Monk and Scholar
James G. Hanink
Among “the enlightened” Dr. Johnson was seen as rather a fundamentalist (ever confused with orthodox) and showing a bit of “enthusiasm,” that is, fanaticism.
ESCHEWING TRENDY SPECULATION
While he lived, from first novel to last, he enjoyed an immense audience, an international audience drawn from all classes, including the royal family.
A review of Anglican Difficulties
TO FIND & RESCUE THE ONE LOST SHEEP
William K. Klimon
Review of Living Tradition
Within Anglicanism there grew up the notion that disparate elements of Christianity, no matter how contradictory, could be brought together.
Letter from England
John Warwick Montgomery
HUNGRY FOR LITURGY
Review of The Achievement of John Henry Newman
Being an Anglican was like living with a woman out of wedlock: It had the advantages of marriage with none of the commitment and discipline.
Paul van K. Thomson
The Church uses theological disputes to teach her doctrine, as controversy raises fundamental issues.
Authentic authority, universality, and a firm theological grounding for social action -- these are the overarching factors that lead to Rome.
Mary Alma Parker
Now in our time an edition of the BCP has appeared under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Church, which does what none of its predecessors did or could do.
Moorman covers development of the Book of Common Prayer, the place of the English Bible in the Church, hymnody and its influence on worship, and more.
CHRISTIAN CLASSICS REVISITED
James J. Thompson Jr.
From first to last, The Whimsical Christian provides the unadulterated pleasure of watching the workings of a powerful Christian mind.
ON DOROTHY L. SAYERS
Rosamond Kent Sprague
The work of Dorothy Sayers is very much all of a piece; she was a thinking and believing Anglican throughout her literary career.
- Karl Keating