Videtur quod — a new blog

My friend and colleague here in Little Rhody has started a new blog. I encourage you to add “Videtur quod” to your RSS reader. Father John Alexander is a sharp thinker and a gifted priest. He is considerably more conservative than me, and he is a model of grace and generosity. A few years ago, the Providence Journal did a hatchet job on Bishop Geralyn Wolf. Thinking they’d get some explosive quotes, they contacted Fr. Alexander. Though he does not recognize women’s Holy Orders, he was magnanimous toward our bishop. That’s because he practices Christian respect, not because it’s trendy to talk about baptismal vows, but because it is the Christian thing to do.

There’s not a lot of content on his blog yet, but I fully expect he’ll have some good stuff there in the days, weeks, and months to come. I know that I won’t agree with everything he writes, but what he offers will be challenging, thoughtful, and well articulated.

If you’re around Providence on a Sunday, you might like to visit his parish — St. Stephen’s. It’s got beautiful liturgy, solid preaching, and great music. That’s the new blogger in this photo, celebrating mass. Of course, I wish St. Stephen’s allowed women priests, but we’ll have to agree to disagree on that one for now…

Visit his blog, and visit his church.

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3 Responses

  1. BillyDinPVD says:

    Bishop Wolf sometimes attends Mass at St Stephen’s; she sits in the congregation. I was rather surprised when she made a visitation recently: she was the celebrant at Solemn High Mass, and Fr. Alexander wore cassock, surplice and stole and helped distribute Holy Communion.

  2. Fr. Alexander says:

    Thanks for the Kudos, Scott. I look forward to having some fun with the blog.

    Two clarifications, though.

    First, there is no policy on the part of the parish one way or the other regarding women clergy at S. Stephen’s. I have my point of view on the matter, but that’s me, not the parish.

    Second, BillyinPVD is mistaken. I do sit in choir in cassock and surplice when Bishop Wolf makes a visition, but I have never assisted in distributing Communion on those occasions.

  3. BillyDinPVD says:

    My mistake!

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