Father Ed's Blog

A Catholic priest reflects…

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I am a priest of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham serving the parish of Saint Anselm’s in Pembury which is part of the Archdiocese of Southwark. In addition to these parish duties I serve as the Catholic Chaplain of the Hospice in the Weald.

I am married to Hayley, a painting restorer, and we have three children. Jemima, Benedict and Augustine. Outside of family and church I enjoy playing rugby for Tunbridge Wells RFC. 

This is a personal blog encouraging a frank and honest exchange of views. But please remember to be polite and show Christian charity at all times.

This blog was started in January 2012. However loss of data reset it on August 1st 2014. At that time it had received 4.5 million hits! So add that to the current hit counter for an all time total of visits!

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14 Comments

  1. Pat

    SITE RECOVERY

    If you go to the wayback machine, open the latest record and save as webpage complete you will at least have the material up to that date in July on your machine. I’ve just tried it and it works (I use Firefox). Your web guys should then be able to rebuild your site. I don’t know what you can do about the missing material between that date and now – I’m not a web guru, unfortunately.
    God Bless,

    Pat

  2. Alan Harrison

    Generally, it now no longer seems possible to comment, Father. Hence response here to your recent posts, which I hope reaches you.

    Michael Nazir Ali was NOT the first non-white C of E bishop, but the first non-white diocesan. The Rt Revd Wilfred Wood, suffragan bishop of Croydon preceded him.

    Not sure “conventional Christian” is a wise term to use. In my experience it has always been used to mean a person who is Christian through social convention, rather than conviction. Absolutely sure “cultural Marxism” is not the right term to use. It smacks of the dafter sort of right-wing American politics, and has nothing to with the Grand Old Man, for whom, a trade unionist, I have a great deal of respect.

  3. Rob Wilson

    Would you be the same Ed who played for Colchester RFC in the late 1990s?
    If so, we played together on many an occasion, and shared a beer or five on many more…

    • Admin

      I most certainly would be. How you doing Robbie!? Long time since Colchester days…

      • Rob Wilson

        It certainly is a long time! And I am long retired from the game sadly (a nasty broken arm ended my playing days).
        However, life is good!

  4. Dear Fr Ed
    I just met you at Acton and was hoping to email you! Here is a link to an article on the NLM about your CTS booklet. http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2016/06/ordinariate-liturgy-et-al-at-sacra.html#.V3LF0bgrLIU
    and here is a link that I thought might interest you about Brexit on my blog – agree with your assessment by the way.
    http://thewayofbeauty.org/2016/06/a-book-that-explains-what-brexit-was-really-about/

    Best wishes
    David Clayton

  5. György Sütő

    Dear Fr Ed,

    My name is György Sütő. I live and work in Leeds. I’m doing my studies in Hungary, Pécs, at Theological College of Pécs. After when I’ve finished my studies, I will be a catholic priest. I’m doing my diploma work in canon law right now. The main topic, theme of my work is the “Anglicanorum Coetibus” apostolic constitution issued by XVI. Benedictus in 2009, and within that the “Personal Ordinariate”. The ordinariates were established in order to enable Anglicans to join the Catholic Church while preserving elements of their liturgical and spiritual patrimony.

    I would appreciate it if you could share your experiences with me in this field. You would honor me if you tell me something about the ordinary, where you are right now. How does it work in practice? How big is your territory, how big is the number of the faithful inside your territory? What do you think about this apostolic constitution? What is your opinion about it? And how did other priests find this situation around you? What are the jurisdical consequences of this apostolic constitution? Can you give me some advice, how can I get more information about the Church of England, the „Anglicanorum Coetibus”, or the „Personal Ordinariate”? Can you suggest me some books or webpages about those? I will appreciate any kind of information!!!

    Thank you so much for your help!!!

    Sincerely,

    György Sütő

    • Admin

      Do buy the CTS booklet on the Ordinariate- which I wrote earlier this year. It has much of the information you desire and is very affordable. Hope it goes well!

  6. Father, we have never met, but I am a devoted American reader of your blog. You have shared many wonderful insights with your readers, and I want to return the favour if I can, even in a small way. Dr. Edward Peters hosts another of my regular reading blogs, In the Light of the Law (https://canonlawblog.wordpress.com/). He has a marvelous series on Amoris Laetitia and delivers many clear legal opinions on diverse issues. I hope he interests you as much as he does me.

    God bless you, your family and your parish. It may be a little late to say so, but welcome home. Thank you for restoring a piece of England to sanity.

  7. micah

    Dear Catholic Crusader,

    Five hundred years ago in 1517, Martin Luther made public his 95 complaints against the Roman Catholic church. Today, we shall do likewise, with another 95 reasons. However, in this critique, we will exclusively fixate on the nucleus of all Catholic doctrine called, Transubstantiation. This teaching is built on the premise that when the priest utters “This is my body” over bread and wine that the “combustible” syllables of these four words ignite with such power and energy that, unbeknownst to our cognizant senses, the substance of bread and wine miraculously change (“by the force of the words” says the Council of Trent; cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1375). They are then abruptly replaced with something else entirely; namely, the very body, blood, soul and divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ in some mysterious form which leaves only the outward appearance of bread and wine (i.e., the color, shape, size, taste, weight and texture — or “accidental” properties, remain unchanged in objective reality). It is claimed that the supernatural power that creates this miracle on a daily basis, 24 hours a day in Masses worldwide, “is the same power of Almighty God that created the whole universe out of nothing at the beginning of time” (Mysterium Fidei, 47). The question is: does the sacred rhetoric of Jesus lead us to conclude He intended it be recited like a magician recites his incantations? (Reason 6, 74). That at the recitation of these four words, the world is obligated to be transfixed on Transubstantiation???

    We should think that a rollercoaster of 95 reasons against this doctrine should at least pique your curiosity, let alone make you wonder if, like the calmness of a ferris wheel, you can so calmly refute them. The issue is far from inconsequential, since it’s claimed our very eternal destinies are at stake. So while sensitive to the fact that many are captivated by this doctrine, we are persuaded that the theological framework of the Bible conveys a persistent and vigorous opposition to this theory. God’s word tells us to, “study to show yourself approved” (2 Tim 2:15) and we have indeed done just that.

    The almost “romantic fidelity” to Transubstantiation springs forth from the opinion that consuming the “organic and substantial” body of Christ in the Eucharist is necessary for salvation (CCC 1129 & 1355; Trent, “Concerning Communion”, ch. 1 and “Concerning Communion Under Both Kinds”, ch. 3; Canon 1; Mysterium Fidei, intro). Our burden here is to safeguard the gospel (Jude 1:3). If a religious system professing to be Christian is going to demand that something be done as a prerequisite for eternal life, it is vital to scrutinize this claim under the searchlight of Scripture and with “the mind of Christ” (1 Cor 2:16). Proverbs 25:2 says, “the honor of a king is to search out a matter”. We shall do likewise.

    Determined to test all things by Holy Writ (1 Thess 5:21; Acts 17:11, 2 Cor 10:5), the following 95 reasons have been compiled to an extravagant length to provoke you to consider the cognitive complexities of this doctrine which we conclude are biblically unbearable. We are so convinced the Bible builds a concrete case against this superstition, that we will not allow the things we have in common to suppress the more urgent need to confront the differences that divide us, such as Transubstantiation. We are told this issue directly impacts our eternal destiny, so it must not be ignored. The Lord Jesus came to divide and conquer by the truth of His word. He said, “Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division” (Luke 12:51-53).

    For the full essay of 95 reasons, kindly e-mail me at
    Eucharistangel@aol.com

  8. Pat

    You might consider checking what both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches teach. You will find that since the very beginning of Christianity the same belief has been taught and taken up by the early Church Fathers. Christ’s words are clear. Incidentally, in St. John’s Gospel, the word used for flesh in “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood” is the Greek word for the sort of meat that would be bought from a butcher (sarx in transliteration). Christ’s words at the Last Supper also say that the Eucharistic meal is his body and blood. If we are, as He wishes, to partake of that meal then the change has to be real. Those who would deny His commands and words must consider their position.

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