If Jesus were to return, He might not choose to call himself a Christian

‘My faith is in Jesus of Nazareth. I don’t have faith in an institution and nobody wants that. That is not authentic faith.”

I could have cheered out loud when I read this from Fr Shay Cullen, an Irish missionary in the Philippines, who is probably best known for his campaigning work against child trafficking and sex tourism.

Cullen is quoted in Joe Humphreys’s often uplifting and always informative book, God’s Entrepreneurs: How Irish Missionaries Tried to Change the World (New Island, 2010).

My reaction to a discussion on the BBC’s Newsnight programme a few weeks ago was the opposite: I nearly screamed with frustration at one of the five Church of England bishops who are defecting to Rome in protest at the ordination of women bishops.

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