The possibility of genuine politics begins with the first Christmas, with the Incarnation. It is finally and only here that we see there might actually be a peaceable Prince of all the world.
Central to the Church school in Muhlenberg's vision is the authority of the headmaster or rector of the school.
Pope Francis can prompt ecclesial chaos with a few off-the-cuff comments, delivered to reporters during an airplane press conference.
Which bodies have moral authority to speak on behalf of the Anglican Communion to its individual churches?
Adjudicating discipline and orthodoxy in the divided churches is profoundly complicated, especially for the “inferior” and “weaker” member-communities of the body.
Perhaps we could say that what the Baptist said does not matter as much as the fact that he said it, how he said it, to whom he said it, in whose name and by what authority he said it, and at what cost he said it. Perhaps what Jesus says about his own good works and about John’s confrontation with the authorities, even if it hardly amounts to a political philosophy, is what the Church needs to sure of before it can have a political philosophy. Perhaps if we have a problem with Matthew 11 it is that it just too clear and simple to be ignored.
It is an unexpectedly hard thing to show mercy to our own past. The Crisis of Authority in Catholic Modernity shows that it is a necessary thing.