The Episcopal Church Lumbers Toward a Rational Approach About the Property

At least in one case: After a lengthy process of prayerful discernment, respectful conversation, and engagement with the Presiding Bishop's Office and the Standing Committee, the leadership of the Diocese of Washington, working together with the leadership of Christ Church Accokeek, has decided to sell the property of Christ Church Accokeek to a new corporate …

David Bentley Hart’s Lonely, Last Stand for Christian Universalism

Clip source: David Bentley Hart’s Lonely, Last Stand for Christian Universalism David Bentley Hart’s Lonely, Last Stand for Christian Universalism A Review of ‘That All Shall Be Saved’ October 2, 2019 | Michael McClymond For those not already acquainted with him, David Bentley Hart of the University of Notre Dame is widely regarded as one…David …

Jon Bruno Goes to Meet God

An eventful Episcopal life ends: The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, former bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles, died suddenly of natural causes at his home in La Quinta, California, on April 23. Although anyone who was involved in the Episcopal property wars is well aware of his "take no prisoners" approach to this …

The Problem of the New Right

In the world of conservative thought, the intellectual energy lies with the New Right. The New Right can be found in the society of Washington wonks, Silicon Valley dissidents, New York writers, and all manner of GOP politicos.[1] Many served in the Trump administration at one level or another; all are interested in taking the popular…The …

The Nature of Sin

From the Dominican Walter Farrell, as quoted in Donald Connolly's Renewing Your Faith: The catechism defines sin as a thought, word, deed or omission against the law of God." But the word "omission" is a little unfortunate. It has the air of the accidental about it, like forgetting to take medicine or absent-mindedly going out …

Two Funerals and an Amazing Grace

After attending yet another funeral in the morning yesterday, I came home and hunched over my kitchen counter, absorbed in leftover scalloped potatoes, to be transported by the soaring music, the elegant hats, and the heartbreaking social distancing of a very different kind of burial, that of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. A handful of…Two …

Those Dangerous Latin Masses

You'd think that there is a better use of time, but... What’s happened to the next generation, you ask? Well, to Fr. Reese’s sorrow, they’re off attending the Traditional Latin Mass, just as if Vatican II never happened. Or if not all of them, enough to cause Fr. Reese to beg the Vatican: do something! …

Cancelling William Fulbright

They've come for another one: Comments to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville about the legacy of former U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright included a few threats to halt donations if his statue is taken down and his name is removed from UA’s arts and sciences college. But many wrote in to say that UA should …

What We Were Really Trying to Accomplish in Men’s Ministries

As sort of a follow-up to my last post, I'd like to defend something else that's under attack these days: men's ministries.  I actually worked in this field during my time with Church of God Lay Ministries, from when I started in 1996 until the department was abolished in 2010.  So I can speak with …

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