Sunday, June 14, 2009


The recent Anglican Use Conference
Slight acquaintance from years ago Fr John Saward (a husband and dad ordained in the C of E in the ’70s then a Roman Catholic layman for about 20 years, now an RC parish priest near Oxford complete with 39-button cassock and occasional Tridentine Mass) says although Anglicanism (which I take as Erastianism and the Protestant Articles of Religion; the modern controversial issues can be traced to both... a fallible church that does the bidding of a state/ruling class ultimately claiming unlimited power) has no patrimony to give to the Catholic Church, Anglicans (I might add specifically Anglo-Catholics) do (much of the culture: Benedictinesque Mass-and-office Catholicism in classic English).

The latest rumours from Rome: that there will be a ‘canonical structure’ erected by the end of the year for Anglicans, congregations and groups wishing to become RC, a structure which will be worldwide in scope and which will supersede the present ‘Pastoral Provision’ (which applies only in the US); that this will not be a Personal Prelature but ‘something between a Personal Prelature and an Apostolic Administration’; that there will be only one ‘Anglican Use’ worldwide although perhaps with some minor variations or ‘options’ not a number of ‘alternate rites’ on a ‘national’ or ‘traditionalist language/modern language’ basis — and that the current Book of Divine Worship (big PDF — my comments) requires major revisions to make it consistent in style, ‘less hybrid’ and more reflective of the Western liturgical tradition. The speaker suggested that the English Missal or Anglican Missal might be appropriate to consider as the sort of thing the Holy Father would have in mind. In the ensuing (brief) discussion someone made the point that the English Missal was more in accord with the Western liturgical tradition and that the Anglican Missal was a more ‘hybrid’ production (sort of like the Book of Divine Worship but in a different era). The speaker also said that this new ‘use’ should also make provision for ordination rites, baptism, confirmation, confession etc. rather than simply incorporating those of the Novus Ordo.

‘Suggested’? ‘Should’? If wishes were horses. I like to think Pope Benedict has their back too but I’ll believe it when I see it.


Also, the convent of the All Saints Sisters of the Poor in Catonsville, Md. will be received into the Roman Catholic Church on 3rd September (two nuns will remain Episcopalians ‘for now’). Laus Deo.

More from Fr Gollop.

And:
I was at St Chad’s in the the 1970s and many of my contemporaries at St Stephen’s House have swum the Tiber. In many ways, it is easier now. I think Pope Benedict is a rather Anglican pope in his theology, his roots in ressourcement, patristic theology. He is close to Rowan Williams in his Augustinianism and Balthasar. As I read his Jesus of Nazareth, it seems very familiar. Much that we regard as Anglican tradition has gone apart from the cathedrals and Oxbridge colleges but you will find that culture in the [Roman] Catholic Church if you look for it.
— From a long comments thread on Jeffrey Steel’s conversion next month

1 comment:

  1. I can no longer make sense of Anglo-Catholicism. ACNA is a joint venture with dioceses that ordain women. The Episcopal Church has all but abandoned it. There are the groups from the 1978 movement; however, the are disparate, and many have very, very few communicants. And, they seem to constantly split into separate bodies -- and seem always to make new bishops.

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