Thursday, January 29, 2009

Traditional Anglicans soon to cross Tiber?

~from Holy Smoke by Damian Thompson of The Telegraph
The Pope is preparing to offer the Traditonal Anglican Communion, a group of half a million dissident Anglicans, its own personal prelature by Rome, according to reports this morning.

"History may be in the making", reports The Record. "It appears Rome is on the brink of welcoming close to half a million members of the Traditional Anglican Communion into membership of the Roman Catholic Church. Such a move would be the most historic development in Anglican-Catholic relations in the last 500 years. But it may also be a prelude to a much greater influx of Anglicans waiting on the sidelines, pushed too far by the controversy surrounding the consecration of practising homosexual bishops, women clergy and a host of other issues."
Read more. There's a link to the site that broke the story. I wonder how this would affect my friends here who are holding out in their loopy liberal parishes because they can't abide the state of Catholic music and liturgy. However, the common thread to all of their complaints is solidarity in defending traditional Anglican distinctives, Scripture, reason, and tradition, while at the same time rejecting Papal authority.

For me, crossing the Tiber became the only option, obedience to conscience that said one cannot wait for perfect conditions to unite with Rome. And the other big piece of the puzzle was humility. Who was I to set conditions on when I was to become Catholic? Truth was compelling. And time was running out for my children who were growing up in a steaming mess of relativism where they would hear one thing at home and then hear another thing from the pulpit or from their catechists (tolerance and diversity).

1 comment:

Mark in Spokane said...

If this happens, the new prelature won't simply be a home for Anglican refugees, but also for Latin rite Catholics tired of nuttiness in their own parishes!

I for one would flock to an Anglican Use parish if one was in my city. I absolutely love theBCP's English style -- to have a version of that liturgy available that was in harmony with the Catholic faith would be a great blessing.