Rechtgläubiges Deutschland im Altertum usw.

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I am currently in Germany, near Bonn, teaching a course on late antiquity. Late Roman history in Germany, you wonder? Actually, there’s quite a bit here to explore for those of us with an interest in early Christianity and the later Roman Empire.

Alas, responsibilities still do not permit me to write at length–but I thought readers might be intrigued by the above photo, taken from the back of the Bonn Münster. The huge heads represent two Diocletianic martyrs, Cassius and Florentius, whose relics lie beneath the church. The story of the Theban Legion may be largely legendary, but it has left its traces all along the Rhineland, from St. Victor in Xanten to St. Gereon of Köln, not to mention the highly-improbable-but-still-widely-venerated St. Ursula in Köln.

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As I was waiting at the airport for my flight to Germany, I encountered a friend from a nearby parish who was on her way to . . . GAFCON! Perhaps the coincidence was part of what snapped me out of my blogger’s block. I hope to have a chance to chat with her when I get home and get a first-hand account.

Meantime, I fear that any comment I make on it or the approaching fiasco at Lambeth will too brief or uninformed to make it worth the reader’s while. I only note that, according to Fr. Robert Hart at The Continuum, at least one bishop at GAFCON is reported to have said, in defense of the “ordination” of women, that “it is not a sin to be a woman.”

Sigh. Is it really necessary to point out yet again how foolish this is? One of the reasons I became so discouraged with writing is because it seems that so many people are incapable of seeing the basic illogic in so much of what passes for “orthodoxy” in Anglicanism these days. Whether it is revisionists crying ‘donatism’ or “orthodox” evangelicals defending WO, all seem caught up in slogans that will not hold up on examination or circles of contradiction from which they cannot break free.

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Meanwhile, there seem to still be those who believe that there is some sort of future for “orthodox” Anglicans in ECUSA. William Tighe has brought to my attention another effort to make this case, as well as the gentle but clear repudiation of any such illusions by Fr Al Kimel. Whatever the faults of GAFCON, they seem to understand that much, at least.

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Enough. I have exams to grade and a trip to Aachen for which to prepare. Bis später . . .

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7 Responses to “Rechtgläubiges Deutschland im Altertum usw.”

  1. Boring Bloke Says:

    Which Church are you attending in Germany? A German Church or one of the Church of England Chaplaincies? I ask because I was in the area myself a few years ago. Köln/Bonn was then solid Anglo Catholic (although the FiF chaplain I spoke to on a few occasions has since moved on, and I’ve no idea what the new one is like); Düsseldorf is not too far away and the chaplain (at least) solidly Conservative Evangelical. On the German-speaking Lutheran side, I think that there are plenty of SELK churches in the area.

  2. William Tighe Says:

    “Meanwhile, there seem to still be those who believe that there is some sort of future for “orthodox” Anglicans in ECUSA. William Tighe has brought to my attention another effort to make this case, as well as the gentle but clear repudiation of any such illusions by Fr Al Kimel. Whatever the faults of GAFCON, they seem to understand that much, at least.”

    There really is a “facilis descensus Averni” at work here. If you check out the “per caritatem” blog again, you’ll see that the comments have been closed, after a rant from Dr. Dunlop against Fr. Kimel — who seems to favor the “reductio ad psychologiam” when pressed to justify his move into ECUSA from the Reformed Episcopalians, in much the same way that certain political factions, when pressed hard in analogous fashion, have recourse to the “reductio ad Hitlerum.” If you go here:

    http://frjeffreysteel.blogspot.com/2008_07_01_archive.html

    and scroll down to one of the 10 July postings (“Opinion: Was Newman Prophetic?”) and follow the comment thread, you will see that I am dished out the same sort of treatment as well.

    Dr. Dunlap’s problem is that he has persuaded himself that his move from Evangelical Christianity to the Reformed Episcopal Church, and from there to ECUSA and ordination in the Dioceses of Texas, has all along a movement towards “catholicity;” indeed, he has named his own blog “Third Milennium Catholic” (when in reality he seems to be propounding Gnosticism rechauffee, plus social Erastianism). At one point he seemed to regard WO as an unfortunate error, but one with which he could live — but now, judging from his remarks on that “De Cura Animarum” thread linked above, he has come around to think of it as a Good Thing. He cannot wrap his head around ultramontanism, as he wrote there, but he can swallow WO.

  3. Carol Rogers Smith Says:

    We had an incredible time in Jerusalem and I am eager to tell you when it is convenient. It was no coincidence that we met during our departures.
    May God bless you in your travels.

  4. Katherine Says:

    I look forward to your blogging return! And the good news is that you will be able to write about what has happened, and not be troubled with all the speculation as we go about what may or may not happen.

  5. Antonio Says:

    Cardinal Levada has written to the TAC:
    http://www.themessenger.com.au/news.htm
    Good news? Bad news? No news?

  6. Katherine Says:

    Dr. Dunlap often seems to be very angry and dismissive of people who don’t see things his way. If people rant at others they shouldn’t be surprised that the others stop listening. An argument based on substance and not the personal is different.

    Antonio, my guess is

  7. Katherine Says:

    Sorry, hit wrong key. My guess is, “Don’t call us, we’ll call you.”

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