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Friday, September 29, 2006

Why So Quiet?

I know that the traffic here has dropped due to my recent lack of postings. There is a good reason. I have started my formation year as a priest in the Church of England at Cranmer along with finishing my PhD studies and preparing to do some tutoring and seminar work in the department this next year in Christology. I have been so busy that I feel like I am in a fog just now. I am up early and at Morning Prayer each day with the community of ordinands and will be studying in my private study area beginning on Monday so that I can finish my doctoral studies.

I hope to get some stuff out here soon and bring some more discussion to the blog. Please do continue to come by. Once I get my book shelves set up tomorrow and my desk at Cranmer, I'll be able to at least post a few times a week. Thanks for hanging around!

4 Comments:

Blogger Brian Douglas said...

Great news. Hope this writing and finishing off goes well. Sounds like your plate is fairly full. Blessing to you.

5:56 pm  
Blogger Jeff said...

Thanks Fr. Brian. I am swamped with all of this stuff. I am trying to put together some sort of a pattern and looking for a way to fit some sleep in this term. I would appreciate many prayers offered in my behalf. :-)

I hope to start writing my presence chapter within six weeks. I still have a bit of reading to do but I will try to write as I read. I have read all of Andrewes's material but I will go back through it and I have a lot of notes. I want to look at some more recent views of Eucharistic presence that involves a realistic interpretation to see if there are close similarities that Andrewes would have embraced. His arguments against Transubstantiation were not very strong to Bellarmine. The basis was that the word was not found in the Fathers. But, that could really be turned on him for many other things. I often feel he had very similar views but had to hold the Church of England line that had to keep proper distance from Rome to keep from the charge of treason that would bring a violent death!

6:39 pm  
Blogger lexorandi2 said...

Don't you think it's kind of funny that you can't seem to shake the name of "Cranmer" from your priestly formation? First, Cranmer House, and now Cranmer Hall!

The Lesson: You should be nicer to Cranmer.

;-)

P.S. What do you make of Michael Howard's son being turned down for ordained ministry?

10:12 pm  
Blogger Jeff said...

Dan

I figured you may say such! I thought the same thing too.

About Howard's son: it is strange that he got turned down but I don't imagine a recommendation from the theological college would come if one refused communion from every celebrant for three years. There are others who obviously shared his concerns and were able to realise that theological college is not a place to try to change everyone. He did have a choice of where he attended and he could have chosen other places. My tutor there is the Warden and I have emailed the article to get the other side as this was mentioned to me last week in our meeting.

The odd thing is for me that he got that far with the church paying his way for three years only to get turned down. He can re-apply I would imagine and apologise for any bad ways in which he handled his differences. I don't know him nor the situation enough to comment any more other than to say that one who has traditional views, like myself and who still attends, I get along fine and am very warmly received. I'm an Anglo-Catholic and am there and I can get along fine with the people there.

11:11 pm  

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