It's billed as 1637 BCP, despite looking and sounding like a Roman high mass in the Anglo-Catholic tradition.A lot of Anglo-Catholicism is retrospective conversion of history and wishful thinking, not really Anglican. Charles I and William Laud were accused of being crypto-Catholics, and to his credit that king didn't actively persecute us (his wife was Catholic!), but they denied the accusation of wanting to return England to Rome. To buy this kind of Anglicanism, it seems you have to believe that magisterial Protestantism with the episcopate and Catholicism are really the same. The late Michael Davies once wrote that to say that isn't fair to the courage of the early Protestants, some of whom died for their newly created faith. One of his points: when Protestants use realistic-sounding language about the Eucharist, they don't mean what we do. Christ's saving work is all in the past, so no Mass.
I counted twenty homosexuals in attendance, four of them at the makeshift altar (now set against the wall, pointing south; whereas in the days of Fr Thompson it was in plano with a throne set against the wall, much nicer). One of the clergy present looked me up and down and then turned away.Among the good things Anglicans have taught me are that semi-congregationalism can be a hedge against liberalism and to be kind to homosexuals. They can be kind in return, and the ones famously drawn to high churchmanship love the creeds and the traditional liturgy as much as I do. If they don't attack Catholic teaching and don't commit crimes, it's none of my business; it's between God, their confessors, and them. Over here, as Episcopal semi-congregationalism has stopped working for conservative high churchmanship, a number of them have joined or returned to the Catholic Church. Pushed against the wall, they really believe in all this Catholic stuff and likely would die for the faith. It wasn't an act.
Seemingly up and coming in Episcopalianism is liberal high churchmanship (St. Mark's, Philadelphia, for example, where I stopped by recently), the new Anglo-Catholicism: no longer Unitarianism with tat (early-mid 1900s) but at the same time more liberal than Catholic liberals can dare to be yet loving the creeds and the old liturgy, worshipping much as I do, something that would make a Catholic liberal's head explode ("does not compute"). It's like something I'd come up with to try to make my faith more accepted. God had other plans.
The Continuing Anglicans, on the other hand, give lip service to magisterial Protestantism but in practice are the fantasy of a Popeless Latin Catholicism. I don't think the gaggle of independent bishops is what God had in mind for the West.
Back to Anglican retconning of history and wishful thinking: you get the impression from the mainstream Church of England and Episcopal Church that Henry VIII drove England into schism, killing when necessary ("sorry about that, chaps"), because he was on a godly mission to have women clergy and same-sex marriages, which seem to be modern Anglicanism's reasons to exist. Logically, Protestantism takes you there and beyond, to secular humanism (loss of faith as Christianity's fulfillment; Christian ethics minus Christ). Which is why next to nobody still goes to the Episcopal Church.
I won't deny a broad parallel between the two Charleses I, but see above on the Catholic/Protestant difference and the latter monarch wasn't killed.
Giving Charles I of England his due: how many of us would be brave enough to have our heads cut off rather than abandon our post as the father in a sense of one's people and to defend the episcopate and liturgical worship (against both today's evangelicals and secular liberals, for instance)?
Classical Anglicans believe in a true church, just like me; the trouble is they think theirs is it ("both Catholic and Reformed").
If 1637 BCP with no Romish ceremonial accretions is your thing, then Anglicanism is for you. If you want the Roman High Mass, then join us! (Western Rite Orthodoxy is culturally fake and another retconning of history. The Eastern rites in the Catholic Church, though not perfect, and you don't have to believe the Uniates are perfect in order to be Catholic, are culturally real: generations/centuries-old Christian communities.)