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Anglican Orders Not Invalid

Anglican Orders Not Invalid

Anglican orders should not be written off by Roman Catholics as “invalid” stresses a new book by Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. He calls into question Pope Leo XIII’s 1896 papal bull that Anglican orders are “absolutely null and utterly void.” There’s already plenty of heat in response to… Continue Reading

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Transitional Priest – Vocational Bishop

Transitional Priest – Vocational Bishop

I keep seeing reference to being “ordained to the Transitional Diaconate” or being “ordained to the Vocational Diaconate”. As if the Transitional Diaconate and the Vocational Diaconate are different orders. I would not be surprised if in the Anglican Church of Or there are examples where the ordination services for those two were actually different.… Continue Reading

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Advent Celebration and Sermon

Advent Celebration and Sermon

On Sunday it was the 25th anniversary of my ordination as priest, and the local parish, St Michael and All Angels, invited me to preside and preach. The Priest in Charge (Canon Craufurd Murray – the vicar is away on Study Leave) was the one who presented me 25 years ago, and was my training… Continue Reading

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25 Years A Priest

25 Years A Priest

I was ordained a priest by Bishop David Coles in Christchurch Cathedral on 27 November 1991. On Advent Sunday (27 November 2016), twenty-five years on, I am grateful that the local parish, St Michael and All Angels, has invited me to preside and preach at the 10am Solemn Mass. [You are, of course, very welcome.… Continue Reading

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Blessing Divorce and Marriage Equality

Blessing Divorce and Marriage Equality

We have received a reply to my open letter to church leaders. Our church may be unique in formally disallowing marriage of divorcees whilst allowing blessing of committed same-sex couples. Read on. The topic in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia that engenders the most energy is (pick one): climate change and… Continue Reading

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The Role of Presiding

The Role of Presiding

Along with the decline in Anglican common prayer in New Zealand is confusion about liturgical leadership. All too often liturgical leadership is comparable to a Television presenter, the continuity person on a show, the interviewer on a chat show. Add to this New Zealand’s tendency to divide the Eucharist into “two parts” – with the… Continue Reading

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Baptism Confirmation – Theory and Practice

Baptism Confirmation – Theory and Practice

In Christian (liturgical) practice we often say one thing and do another – our theory (our theology) is contradicted by our actual practice. Confirmation is a case in point. Confirmation has recently come up for discussion at General Synod Te Hinota Whanui. The proposal was to end confirmation in this church. That proposal was left… Continue Reading

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