Friday, January 15, 2010

The Anglo-Catholic myth
An RC convert from low-church Anglicanism gives a standard view, answering Anthony Reader-Moore. A bit condescending in a low-church RC way but other than that I agree. We thought we were Anglicanism and we weren’t. That said, this patrimony, sonorous English prose set in Tridentine culture — not mainstream Anglican patrimony old or new like Cranmer’s heresy — is worth saving, which Pope Benedict obviously thinks and the low- and ageing broad-church (liberal) in his church don’t. Also look at the example of Antiochian Western Rite Orthodoxy at its best: if it agrees with the faith they use it and acknowledge where it came from. So the Pope is trying to do here. My current line. This is what the Lefebvre reference is about.

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