author: Charles Sherlock

  • RELIGION

    An Anglican view of Vatican II

    • Charles Sherlock
    • 11 October 2012
    15 Comments

    My only contact with Catholics prior to 1963 was avoiding the local Catholic school when walking home, for fear of having stones thrown at me, in my state primary school uniform — sadly, some state schoolers did likewise to Catholic students. I remember it as a parable of pre-Vatican II Catholic-Protestant relationships in Australia.

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    Pope skips language of love in Anglicans manifesto

    • Charles Sherlock
    • 20 November 2009
    25 Comments

    Pope Benedict XVI's recent Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus (‘Groups of Anglicans’) moves the pastoral openness of Vatican II towards a ‘Rome is right’ mentality. This is disturbing and dangerous, not only for Anglicans, but for Roman Catholics themselves.

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    Where to now for Anglicans and Rome

    • Charles Sherlock
    • 22 October 2009
    2 Comments

    If the Apostolic Constitution is phrased in overly-confident 'Romanista' style it will communicate a bureaucratic message and reinforce the suspicion that 'ecumenical endeavour' means 'return to Rome', rather than the vision of every Christian tradition being converted to unity.

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    Female bishop sets Church on wider path

    • Charles Sherlock
    • 16 April 2008
    7 Comments

    In May, the Rev. Canon Kay Goldsworthy will become Australia's first female bishop. The role will entail pressures from those opposed to having a woman as bishop, and those who have been waiting for this moment for decades.

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    Ecumenical sensitivity meets church law on women bishops

    • Charles Sherlock
    • 03 October 2007
    2 Comments

    The last pane of the 'stained glass ceiling' was removed last week for most Australian Anglicans. It turns out that a decision made for ecumenical and post-colonial reasons has enabled the change.

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    Ecumenical progress takes more than a day

    • Charles Sherlock
    • 26 February 2007

    Charles Sherlock on the progress being made towards a reformation of the Catholic and Anglican churches.

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  • RELIGION

    The Anglican division: God's love lost?

    • Charles Sherlock
    • 10 July 2006

    'The Anglican Church' is dividing, according to recent media statements. Some Anglicans seem to be taking such extreme stances, at the risk of turning communion as divine gift into communion as reward for holding certain stances on lifestyle. What difference does all this make to the life of an Australian Anglican diocese or parish?

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