Comments: Christmas Sermons

Archbishop of Canterbury link is a dud.

ED: fixed, sorrỵ.

Posted by Tony B at Tuesday, 25 December 2012 at 8:35pm GMT

The 'broken croziers, broken Church' sermon from Bishop Paul Colton is not a bad paradigm for the need to acknowledge the brokenness of the Church - and our part in all of that. Sometimes, by our forceful wielding of the Instruments of Communion, we endanger the 'Unity of the Spirit' that has been given to us in our respective places of mission.

Perhaps a little more acknowledgement of our total dependence on God's loving kindness and mercy - to all who look to God for help - might bring the peace that passes all our human understanding

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 26 December 2012 at 7:58am GMT

His Grace the Archbishop of Westminster would do well to spend £1 of his Christmas money on today's Times (26.12.12) in order to read its excellent leading article "Even Closer Union". He would also do well to utilise the Ordinariate's freedom 'to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest' (BCP collect reference) said article.

Posted by Commentator at Wednesday, 26 December 2012 at 8:19am GMT

I was not the only one to think that the first Christmas sermon of the new Bish of Chichester was spectacularly ill judged for the occasion. For a theological college or university sermon may be, But a provincial cathedral at Midnight? No occasional visitor would want to come back for more . And as for the 'Joseph, their guardian', and the joke about the handsome Jesuit fell completely flat, what was that about?

Posted by Richard Ashby at Wednesday, 26 December 2012 at 9:14am GMT

The best of the bunch - by far - was the Bishop of Chichester's mighty oration - a clear winner.

Posted by Father David at Wednesday, 26 December 2012 at 2:59pm GMT

I found the Bishop of Chichester's sermon refreshing. I have a weakness for preachers who analyze art. I appreciate that he does not dumb things down for the congregation.

Getting people to think, even for a moment, about the caves at Lascaux is good.

Gary Paul Gilbert

Posted by Gary Paul Gilbert at Thursday, 27 December 2012 at 12:30am GMT

Getting people to think about the significance of the Bethlehem cave and what happened therein - even better.

Posted by Father David at Thursday, 27 December 2012 at 10:27am GMT

"Getting people to think about the significance of the Bethlehem cave and what happened therein - even better." - Father David -


Which is precisely what the Archbishop of Westminster did not do - preferring to focus on the R.C. theology of denigration of same-sex fidelity.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Thursday, 27 December 2012 at 8:17pm GMT
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