Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Catholic Church Opens Up a New Avenue for Disaffected Anglicans

Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914)

See the article today in The Washington Post.

See the actual Church document, Vatican Note on Establishing Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans, put out by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and published by Zenit.

See discussion on the New Liturgical Movement website.

See Fr. John Zuhlsdorf's notes and discussion on the What Does the Prayer Really Say? site.

See an article and many further links at the Catholic Culture site.

Anglican reaction detailed in The Telegraph.

Joint Catholic-Anglican statement.

Further links and comments at the Thinking Anglicans site.

Article by Deacon Keith Fournier at Catholic Online.

Canon lawyer Edward Peters' take at In the Light of the Law.

Jimmy Akin's reaction on his blog.

Catholic News Service article.

Catholic News Agency article.

National Catholic Reporter article [liberal].

Creative Minority Report article [liberal and hostile].

I think this is a fabulous development, and one long called-for. As a person who was most influenced in my own journey by Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman, and who is very fond of those either part of or formerly of the Anglican tradition (G. K. Chesterton -- my latest book is a collection of his quotes -- , C. S. Lewis [my favorite writer], Malcolm Muggeridge, Robert Hugh Benson [see additional link], Ronald Knox, John Wesley, etc.), I'm very excited about this.

I'm also all for liturgical diversity, according to desires of the faithful, as long as they don't conflict with Catholic norms. So I am as happy about this as I was regarding the wider allowance of the Tridentine Mass. It's a charitable and common-sense move, in my opinion.

And it may very well promote lots more conversions to the Catholic faith, which is always a good thing. Just as the wider use of the Tridentine Mass has tended to "de-radicalize" self-described Catholic "traditionalists," and make them more content within the fold, so this decision will bring in self-described Anglo-Catholics. In both cases legitimate desires were met and more people can start to experience the fullness of apostolic, historic Christianity that the Catholic Church uniquely offers.


Karen said...

Prior to my conversion to Roman Catholicism, I first tried the Episcopal Church because I didn't want to go through the marriage annulment process necessary for my entering the RC Church. Though I enjoyed the Episcopalian (Anglican) liturgy (as it was similar to that of Roman Catholicism), the minister was a woman and very few people attended the church, which also advertized as a "gay-friendly" church. It felt like God had written "Ichabod" in large letters across the church's door.

Teri said...

This is awesome and something many have been praying for!
I keep thinking of St. Thomas More who would not bow to Henry VIII nor would John Fisher. Both beheaded for keeping there Catholic faith in a time when there were many Catholic's in name only running about. (Somethings never change).

I pray that Our Lord will continue to bless your ministry and your nature that just roles with the all the punches you are continually thrown.

May Almighty God give you His peace,

Dave Armstrong said...

Thanks for the prayers and kind words Teri! That was sweet . . .

~*Miss Kelly Jay*~ said...

"I'm also all for liturgical diversity, according to desires of the faithful, AS LONG AS THEY DON'T CONFLICT WITH CATHOLIC NORMS."

My Reply to you: GREAT POINT!!

Dave Armstrong said...

There is a balance there to shoot for, isn't there?

Esperu said...

Dave, the creative minority report is never liberal and certainly wasn't hostile. Yes, they linked to a site that was liberal and hostile, but they did so to comment on it.