Presbyteral Ministry in the Church of England 43 Presbyteral Ministry in the Church of England PETER FISHER [ECCL 1.2 (2005) 43–55] ISSN 1744 –1366 ABSTRACT The Church of England’s Ordination rites of the sixteenth and twentieth centuries are presented and interpreted as primary sources for the understanding of Priestly/presbyteral ministry in the Church of England today. These texts are supplemented by reference to other ‘official’ sources and to some classic nineteenth-century and more recent discussions. The article concludes with a definition of ministerial priesthood as a ‘sacred office’. T his paper offers an account of how the Church of England understands the ministry of presbyters . Imagine a comparable task: to outline how the British Labour Party understands public ownership. It is not an unreasonable thing to ask for; a political party hardly seems to deserve the title ‘Party’ if it cannot represent a consistent view on such an issue. But we recognize that the account will have to be quite subtle. It will not be enough to give a synoptic view of (a) the formal and public declarations of the Party on the subject; these will need to be balanced with some survey of (b) the less
Ecclesiology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2005
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