From His Hermeneuticalness:
Fr Michael Clifton, long time pastor of the faithful, former archivist of Southwark, learned historian, kindly teacher of schoolboys (including me, nearly 40 years ago) cricket coach, model railway enthusiast, and warm friend and mentor of younger clergy now feels that he must close his blog because he has been threatened with legal action by Monsignor Basil Loftus who writes a weekly column for the Catholic Times.
Fr. Clifton, whom I have met, is a gentleman.
If Msgr. Loftus threatened Fr. Clifton in that way, then Loftus is a scrub.
UPDATE: 20 Oct 0048 GMT
At issue, apparently is Msgr. Loftus’ understanding of the physical resurrection of the Lord.
Were someone Christian to deny that Christ had His physical Body after the resurrection, he would be a heretic.
Fr. Finigan ably teased out some of the details of what Msgr. Loftus’ position is.
In a recent article for the Catholic Times, Mgr Loftus speculated on the nature of Christ’s risen body. He quoted St Paul’s talk of a “spiritual body” after the resurrection and then quite wrongly drew the conclusion that Christ “was not physically present when he appeared to the disciples after the resurrection.“
Fr. Finigan makes some observations about what Christians believe:
The idea that Christ’s risen body was not physical was refuted as long ago as the second century by St Irenaeus. (Adversus Haereses 5.7.1)
The 4th Lateran Council (1215) states succinctly in its profession of faith:
He descended in the soul, rose in the flesh, and ascended in both.
Were someone to suggest that Christ did not have a physical body after the resurrection, well… he would be a heretic.
If he refused to be corrected, he would be an obstinate heretic. He would perhaps even incur the ecclesiastical penalty of excommunication.
Were such a person to make statements in public, he must in justice correct his error in public.
A priest broadcasting such errors in public would cause serious scandal. He would need to make amends.
Am I wrong? Did I get this wrong?
Some other links
St Mary Magdalen’s Brighton: Fr Michael Clifton’s last post?
That the Bones you have crushed may thrill: Litigious Priests
Bara Brith: Very Sorry
The Muniment Room: Support Fr Mildew
Mulier Fortis: Sad …
Porta Caeli: From Lofty heights
Stella Maris: Fr Clifton’s blog closes
Australia Incognita: The word we are not allowed to use: heresy