Skip to comments.A Personal View of Anglican Uniatism
Posted on 05/07/2005 2:19:31 PM PDT by gbcdoj
Im very grateful for the opportunity of speaking at this Conference because its also an opportunity to set in order my own thoughts, and recent experiences, on the important subject that engages us, particularly in my own country, England, but not only there. ...
The question of an Anglican Uniate church
The question of an Anglican Uniate church is the question of whether all this or most of it, or, at any rate, a significant part of it, could be preserved in a union, nonetheless, with Rome not through absorption by the modern Latin-rite church in England or elsewhere but in union with the Petrine office whose continued steadfast guardianship of classical Catholic Christian doctrine in faith and morals remains remarkably unshaken among the squalls of the contemporary world.
The 1992 Synod decision to ordain women to the priesthood induced a crisis in historic Anglo-Catholicism by which I mean the Anglo-Catholic movement once its modernising Affirming Catholicism element is left out of the count. This put my question on the agenda in an urgent fashion for the first time. And in one sense England turned out to be not the most helpful place to be when thinking through what such a union might involve. Speaking very generally, in England Anglo-Catholics and Roman Catholics are too close for comfort. Owing to geographical proximity in a relatively small and culturally fairly homogenous country, Roman Catholics think they naturally understand Anglicanism. But they by no means necessarily do. An added problem is the temper of the Latin episcopate in England, at least at the time of the Synod vote. As William Oddies The Roman Option shows, the Latin-rite bishops, Cardinal Basil Hume alone excepted, were implacably opposed to a Uniate jurisdiction for former Anglicans. ...
(Excerpt) Read more at anglicanuse.org ...
Well worth the read and a ping to your Trad Anglican List.
I must say I agree with virtually everthing this Dominican has written insofar as it relates to a subset of the Anglicans and Anglicanism in general. Thanks for the post.
As a member of the Anglican Usage parish in Houston, I am so happy to see Fr. Nichols' paper here. He has been called, as you all probably know, the greatest living theologian writing in English (pace to Cardinal Dulles). I am one of those hwo is hoping and praying for the reumnion of the Traditional Anglican Communion with Rome in a "uniate" church model, which we who are already "in" may then accede to. It would solve many of our current problems, which include lack of receptivity of the AU by the local Catholic bishops, and lack of trained pastors prepared to succeed the founding AU parish church pastors, most of whom are near retirement age if not past it.
We have much too beautiful and reverent a liturgy for it to be a good thing if our little AU communities were to be simply absorbed into the great melange of novus ordo mediocrity. Thus we hope for the arrival of a much larger and better organized group of like-minded folks.
Those latin-rite folks who things should all be done the same way should certainly read Fr. Nichols' paper, for something of a correction. Variety can be good, if done properly.
How long O Lord?
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