Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 17 April 2019

Martin Sewell Archbishop Cranmer Holy Week: dealing with deep sin is horrible, messy, prolonged, humiliating and painful

Giles Fraser UnHerd What does salvation look like?
“You can tell much by our response to the pain of asylum seekers”

Andrew Lightbown Theore0 Talking of Maundy Thursday

Michael Sadgrove Woolgathering in North East England Thoughts on Nôtre Dame

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church What is Integrity? Failure of integrity betrays survivors

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The Giles Fraser article is excellent. His perspective on the embodiment of salvation in the lives of ordinary people, some religious, some not, really opens up the horizon for Holy Week. Fraser’s earlier article on Notre Dame, and the notion of ‘resurgam’ is well worth the read as well. I’ve attached a link for folks who may have missed it.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/16/resurrection-inescapable-holy-week-notre-dame-rise-again

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It is: but this is the same Fraser who condemns E.E.A. freedom of movement, referred to those taking advantage of it as “rootless Rōnin,” * and gives enthusiastic nods to a no-deal Brexit. Doubtless he’d produce a parade of clever-clever split hairs and win the argument (he always does, one way or another). Regardless, his attitude to this issue is, at best, convoluted.

* https://unherd.com/2019/02/why-wont-remainers-talk-about-family/

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Whoa dude, I ain’t walking into no Brexit minefield. As a Canadian, I could have told you how referendums end–badly, for both sides. Notwithstanding, Fraser’s opinion pieces, both the one above and the one on Notre Dame are bookends on the social theology of salvation and resurrection. Fraser is right about Oscar Romero who before sainthood was both a victim of U.S. Latin American policy ( see link below) and an inconvenient truth for the Catholic Church.
https://newrepublic.com/article/120973/pope-francis-declares-oscar-romero-martyr-embarrassing-reaganites

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I agree about Romero, and likely about what the Monroe doctrine has mutated into. I wasn’t going into the merits of E.U. secession itself (personally, I’m not a fan of supranational organizations), but was highlighting the … a’hem, nuances of Fraser’s views on immigration.

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Sure thing. I certainly don’t agree with all his opinions. Thanks.