Friday, February 18, 2005

From Pontifications
A grief observed
A long but well-written article from the Revd Folke Olofsson on being an embattled high-church minority in Sweden, a country worse off spiritually than either the US or Britain. You can suss from his descriptions of good things that Scandinavian high churchmanship historically was pretty cool. Take away the indifference to or rejection of the apostolic ministry and the goofy Lutheran view that the divine presence in Communion ends with the service and you get something resembling Mass-and-office Catholicism.

I’ve met two or three high-church Lutherans. Here’s a stateside example.

Did you know that some churches that don’t claim apostolic succession see their pastors not as the equivalent of priests but of bishops?

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