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Author Archives: Bosco Peters

The Sign of the Cross

The Sign of the Cross

Sign of the crossThe letters interpretation by Father Matthew is unfamiliar to me. I’m much more used to the thumb, index, and middle finger together being a sign of the Trinity, and the remaining two fingers, together touching the palm, being a sign of the human and divine natures of Christ.

Believe it or not, “The enforcement of the three-finger sign was one of the reasons for the schism with the Old Believers whose congregations continue to use the two-finger sign of the cross.”

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More here and here on the Sign of the Cross. [And, yes, there is further reading off this site]

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Woman Donates Eggs to her Mother

Medical Ethics

In New Zealand it was recently announced that a childless woman is donating her eggs to her mother and stepfather so they can create a baby that will be raised as her sister. This is legal and accepted by the overseeing ethics committee.

Whether the banked sperm of a teenager who died 11 years ago may be allowed to father a child is currently being debated.

New Zealand recently allowed its first saviour sibling; a woman is pregnant with a designer baby chosen for its genetic makeup to save its sibling’s life.

These are just three local examples of decisions that were technologically impossible, or extremely difficult, until recently. I might remind you that we haven’t been thinking long about this stuff by pointing out with my first example that it is not possible to marry your stepfather in this country. Current law, although there is no biological connection, does not condone the sexual union of stepdaughter and stepfather in marriage, yet here their egg and sperm are being joined and the resulting child will be carried in the womb of the mother of the stepdaughter, the wife of the stepfather.

It is well known that the NZ Anglican Church has become obsessed over recent years about whether we might bless the committed love of same-sex couples. This has sapped a great deal of our energy in commission after commission, consultations, meetings, motions, acrimony, and departures.

One might have thought that such an argument a debate about ethics would lead to framing it within a wider ethical study. One might have thought that the study of ethics was now a requirement for priestly training, and that an expert lecturing in ethics was an essential position in the renaissance vision for our national seminary.

One might have thought that the repeated cry about our obsession, “it’s not just about gays!”, would mean that every priest currently active in ministry who was not agile with contemporary ethical theories was being provided with a plethora of opportunities to up-skill so that they could respond and participate intelligently in the sorts of issues highlighted at the start of this post.

One might have thought that our church’s voice was clearly heard to be involved in those issues (I anticipate there are many, many more just around the corner – three-parent childbirth is one in the news). One might have thought our voice was being heard on these issues at least to soften the impression (especially amongst the young) that stopping gays is our church’s primary concern.

One might have thought…

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Baptist Loophole for Same-Sex Couples

blessing same sex couples

Update: Bishop Kelvin Wright, Bishop of Dunedin (NZ), has responded to this post on his excellent website. After reading my post, do go and read his here. Motion 30 in NZ Anglicanism, that we can currently liturgically recognise committed same-gender couples, and that set up a working group towards formally blessing such couples, four months…Continue Reading

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Your Kingdom Come

Your Kingdom Come

Your kingdom come. John the Baptist can be a bit of an embarrassment for Christians because if we look honestly at the documents it’s pretty clear that initially Jesus was a follower of John the Baptist. In Matthew Chapter 3 it says: In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming,…Continue Reading

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4 Dimensions of Priestly Formation

Jesus Emmaus

Several Anglican seminaries have struggled with issues recently. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori’s opening remarks to the session of Executive Council are worth reflecting on: As old models become unsustainable in some contexts, dioceses are finding new ways to form leaders – like the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry in Topeka that serves students from…Continue Reading

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Less is More

Less is More

Principle 7: Less is generally more The seventh principle, above, comes from Celebrating the Eucharist by Patrick Malloy (The first principle is here, the second principle is here, the third principle is here, the fourth is here, the fifth is here, the sixth is here). A lot happens in the eucharistic liturgy. Those who do it…Continue Reading

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