Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Pope Benedict XVI to evangelize Anglicans

I'm not sure the headline is the most precise way to phrase it--but traditionalist Anglicans are looking to leave the Church of England, and go home to Rome.

According to the Times of London:
Benedict XVI, whose inaugural mass as Bishop of Rome today is expected to be attended by half a million people, has held meetings with representatives of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), according to Archbishop John Hepworth, the group’s primate.
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The TAC represents more than 400,000 Anglicans around the world who have either left their church or are protesting against its liberal policies. It is estimated that 400-500 Church of England parishes may support the group in the long term.
“We are looking at a church which would retain an Anglican liturgy, Anglican spirituality and a married clergy,” said Hepworth, a serving Anglican bishop in Adelaide, Australia. “We dream of this happening soon.” One such community exists in America but so far there are only 14 parishes.


This is in fact long overdue. TAC represents one of the last remnants of the Anglo-Catholic movement begun by John Henry Newman in the 1800s: Roman Catholic in all but name, they exist uneasily with the Church of England. More skilled leadership on either the Anglican or Roman side would probably have brought these believers into the Catholic fold a century ago.

Nor is Ratzinger's interest in bringing these sheep into the Roman fold news. Anglican convert to the Catholic Church William Oddie wrote a book about this in 1998, The Roman Option. Oddie presented Ratzinger as strongly as interested in bringing this about, and disappointed in the lack of apostolic zeal in the English Catholic bishops.

Chances that an Anglican rite will begin within the Catholic Church under Pope Benedict XVI: excellent.

I suggest that an Anglican rite with married priests and Anglican liturgy would likely grow rapidly, and would become a boom sector for Catholicism within the United States, the UK, and the English-speaking world. So that having evangelized the Anglicans, Catholics would gain a powerful strategic position for evangelizing the rest of Britain, North America, and other English-speaking regions.

6 Comments:

At Wednesday, 27 April, 2005, Anonymous Plymouth Belvedere said...

An Anglican Use of the Roman Rite exists within the Church already. Our parish, St. Mary the Virgin in Arlington, Texas, is an example. Our parish was once an Episcopal parish; today, however, we are a Roman Catholic parish worshipping in the Anglican Usage of the Roman Rite under the 1980 Pastoral Provision. Our pastor, Fr. Allan G. Hawkins, is a former Anglican priest (which explains his wife and kids!) but he is extremely orthodox in preaching and in practice (and is a charming and erudite man as well). He is also personal friends with our new Holy Father, if that gives you an idea on where he stands doctrinally! Our liturgy is traditional, reverent, and orthodox, and will remind you of mass the way it used to be (and may become again!).

Some things you will find at St. Mary the Virgin parish:

* Eastward-facing altar
* Sanctuary in proper place, elevated at east end of building
* Kneelers
* Shrines w/statues, pre-dieux and candles: Our Lady, St. Joseph, St. Teresa
* Fresh flowers
* A real crucifix
* Choir and organist in loft, out of view of congregants
* Incense
* Stations of the Cross
* Bells
* Stained glass
* A traditional Font
* Silver Ciborium, golden Chalice
* Traditional vestments
* Traditional music
* The Real Body and Blood of Christ, placed in your mouth by the hands of the priest himself while you kneel at the altar rail

Things you will NOT find at SMV:

* Altar girls
* Masks
* Costumes
* Rock 'n' roll "praise orchestra"
* Mass "in-the-round"
* Protestant "Ressufix"
* Mass w/priest facing congregation
* "Holy Swimming Pool"-type font
* Eucharstic chapel
* Liturgical dance
* "Ministers of Hospitality"
* Dopey "Ministers of Music" who lead the hymn-singing using idiotic, kindergarten-style hand gestures
* Choir, accompaniests and/or musical instruments near altar
* Folksy homilies on politics, TV or sports-related themes
* Extraordinary Ministers of the Eurchaist
* Communion in the Paw
* Lady deacons or priestesses
* "Mod" vestments
* Felt banners and/or tapestries
* "Inclusive" language
* Stone/wood/glass serving vessels at Communion
* Heresy

Our liturgy comes from The Book of Divine Worship, a doctrinally-corrected version of the Book of Common Prayer, No ICEL! We're a small parish, but healthy and active. You can find out more at www.stmarythevirgin.org and at www.pastoralprovision.org.

 
At Wednesday, 27 April, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it true that Roman rite Catholics may switch to a different rite, but non Roman rite folks may not switch to the Roman rite?

Someone told me that Rome wants to keep the other rites distinct.

Perhaps the potential fruits of an Anglican rite is case in point as to why?

 
At Wednesday, 27 April, 2005, Blogger GrenfellHunt said...

Dear Plymouth Belvedere:

Many thanks for your letter. Are you one of the 14 churches mentioned in the post?

Your church sounds...well, to use contemporary phrase--awesome. If I'm near Arlington, I will definitely drop by.

Peace in Christ

 
At Thursday, 28 April, 2005, Blogger Philip said...

PB,
Please, please,

Tone down the diatribe. My hand is not a "paw." You need to differentiate between those things which are legitimate and approved by the one, holy, cathoic, and apostolic Church, and those things which are not.

Otherwise, you will find yourself, once again, cut off.

 
At Thursday, 28 April, 2005, Anonymous Plymouth Belvedere said...

A vast abyss has been fixed between "those things which are legitimate and approved by the one, holy, cathoic, and apostolic Church", and those things which the Church is its leniency allows American Catholic dioceses to get away with. The day is coming when those parishes that permit self-communion, altar chyx, happy-clappy mass-in-the-round, and other forms of WorshipTainment will be "cut off". The future belongs to the traditionalists and the orthodox.

 
At Monday, 02 May, 2005, Blogger Sr. Lorraine said...

In Boston there's a Catholic parish of Anglicans who came into the Church just a few years ago with their priest (St. Athanasius). I've never been there but I've heard they too follow the Anglican Use rite.

 

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