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Archive Ecclesiastical Polity Reformed Irenicism Steven Wedgeworth

The Leadership of the Catholic Church: Now vs. Then

In the wake of the latest round of sexual abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church, I would like to invite all Christians and serious moral thinkers to leave that ecclesiastical institution. Many sincere members of that church have confessed that they no longer trust their pastors and their bishops. Many have even said that […]

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Archive E.J. Hutchinson Ecclesiastical Polity Philosophy Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine

The Rivers of Babylon: A Cartographical Inquiry

In a recent post at First Things, Archbishop Charles Chaput seems to want to appropriate Martin Luther’s image of “Babylonian captivity” to describe the situation of “believing Catholics and Protestants alike” over against the bugbears of modernity: for instance, consumerism, sex, technology, and sex (this last gets two mentions). In other words, “the world,” apparently, […]

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“Super Hanc Petram”: Matt. 16.18 in Hilary of Poitiers

It is well known (at least, I think it is) that a prominent strand of the exegesis of Matt. 16.18 (“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it,” ESV) makes the “rock” not Peter himself, nor the […]

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Review: Demacopoulos, The Invention of Peter

I recently reviewed George Demacopoulos’¬†The Invention of Peter: Apostolic Discourse and Papal Authority in Late Antiquity (2013), part of the “Divinations” series published by University of Pennsylvania Press, for¬†Classical Journal Online, and thought it may be of interest to some of our readers. You can find it here.

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Archive Eric Parker Nota Bene

A Lengthy Renaissance Sermon at the Papal Chapel

In the early 16th century the two administrators of the cappelle pontificie (papal chapel) in Rome had their hands full with the task of ensuring an orderly and timely mass for the pope. Paris de Grassis was the Master of Ceremonies who was in charge of the liturgy for each papal mass. Giovanni Rafanelli the […]

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Eric Parker Nota Bene

Worship at the Papal Court after Avignon

John O’Malley (depending on the work of Gaetano Moroni) sums up the difference between the liturgy of the papal court in Rome prior to and after the Avignon papacy: The major basilicas, especially Saint Peter’s, as well as the stational churches, all played a part in a liturgical program that over the course of any […]