There are two principal ways of speaking of Anglo-Catholicism: as a matter of “taste,” and as a matter of truth.
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.
When I was first consecrated and people asked me how I liked my new ministry as bishop, I used to reply that I thought it would take me at least five years to figure out the answer to that question.
Statements about “the wrong side of history” are historically naïve.
By Mark L. MacDonald, symposium convener. O’Donovan’s work is transformative and unique in its relevance to the Church’s present and future.