Further good things in this issue are of particular ecumenical interest: Maurice Elliott writes of his recent experience of the Global Christian Forum meeting in Colombia, noting that this is the broadest inter-church body we have, and the most prayerful, with membership including the full spectrum of the universal Church, from Orthodox and Roman Catholic through to Pentecostals. There follows an introduction by its co-chair Archbishop David Moxon to ARCIC III’s recently completed statement advocating closer alignment between our Churches in the areas of ecclesiology and ethics; then a reflection on the ongoing work of the Dublin University Mission to Chota Nagpur by Steve Brunn. John Rutter then shares some thoughts on the little known life and work of Peter Martyr Vermigli, a close associate of Thomas Cranmer.
Pope Francis’ visit of August attracted interest, participation, and perhaps also a degree of indifference in the C of I. Archbishop Jackson took part in certain key occasions; Greg Fromholz was in the thick of it; and Stephen Farrell pondered it from a distance. Both the latter share their thoughts in this issue, as does Brian Grogan SJ, who provided a much needed point of stillness at the RDS congress.
This issue closes with a Liturgica column from an English professor of theology, Thomas O’Loughlin, which is followed by a wide selection of book reviews – historical, theological, ecclesial and liturgical. ENJOY!