Short Reads on January 2020

A Historical and Pastoral Response to the Forty-Day Churching of Infants (Part One)
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Liturgical Life

A Historical and Pastoral Response to the Forty-Day Churching of Infants (Part One)

The pre-baptismal rite of the forty-day churching of infants has raised manifold questions with regard to the manner of its execution by clergy. Supplementing such quandaries are issues regarding the gender of infants, the need to reassess and modify the language of certain prayers, and to include the father into the rite in such a…

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Catholic Objections to Women’s Altar Service: Barred from the Sacred
Women in the Church

Catholic Objections to Women’s Altar Service: Barred from the Sacred

The question of women deacons continues to be discussed in the Catholic Church, and questions about women are again in the news. Whether the discussion is about priestly celibacy or about ordaining women to the diaconate, the common denominator is that women are unclean. In the Roman Catholic Church, marriage is a diriment impediment for…

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Catholic Colonialism and Its Subaltern Celibates
Ecclesiology, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Catholic Colonialism and Its Subaltern Celibates

In researching my book Everything Hidden Shall Be Revealed: Ridding the Church of Abuses of Sex and Power, which features extensive discussion of Orthodox and Anglican ecclesial structures, I came across a curious tranche of letters and legislative documents from Anglican churchmen in my native Canada in the pre-confederation period. In the 1850s, these men,…

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Toward a New Ecclesiological Paradigm? Consequences of the Ukrainian Autocephaly
Ecclesiology, Inter-Orthodox Relations

Toward a New Ecclesiological Paradigm? Consequences of the Ukrainian Autocephaly

When the Ecumenical Patriarchate granted autocephaly to the newly established “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” (OCU), it intended to create a single local Church which would basically comprise all the Orthodox believers in that country. The name of the new Church as it appears in the tomos, namely “Most Holy Church of Ukraine,” implies that idea,…

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Review: Orthodox Christianity and Human Rights in Europe
Book Reviews, Religion and Politics

Review: Orthodox Christianity and Human Rights in Europe

Ever since the Russian Orthodox Church in July 2008 adopted its Basic Teaching on Human Dignity, Freedom and Rights, the relationship between Orthodox Christianity and human rights has been a popular theme in European academic publishing. Of this multitude, one stands out because of its respectful stance to varying views. Orthodox Christianity and Human Rights…

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The Divided House of Middle Eastern Christians
Church History, Public Life

The Divided House of Middle Eastern Christians

The current situation is bleak for Christians in the Middle East, largely split between the Oriental and Byzantine rites.  They are hemmed in by dictatorships, sidelined by political Islam and exploited by militia groups while their pleas for aid are generally disregarded by Western powers. Yet despite their dwindling numbers and waning influence, petty squabbles…

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