Friday, July 23, 2010

Anglican Patrimony

This is my three hundredth post! I'm dedicating it to what I see as vitally important, the search for Anglican identity with a view to its re-union with Rome. Deacon Andy Bartus put me onto this blog and I am very grateful.

Since Synod has effectively shown that Anglo-Catholics are not welcome within its Communion and has cast grave doubts now upon three of the four marks of the Church, it does make the quest for unity more urgent, especially since the Holy Father has re-opened some substantial dialogue with Anglo-Catholic dissenters.

Now, I'm not saying that all the problems are solved. There are still many questions to be asked, and many details to be sorted out. There are still questions of what the Ordinariates will really mean, who will be allowed to be Ordinaries and what relationship Ordinariate Anglicans will have with other Anglicans. If we really mean for this to be a godly enterprise, then we have no alternative but to bring God with us at every meeting, discussion and argument as well as just our prayer meetings, and fall back on Him, trusting in His guidance and Holy Spirit to inform our consciences and feeble intellectual powers.

Trust is the first expression of Love that needs to be fostered here, and while there are groups of Anglicans seeking to destroy any trust between any bodies which disagree with their opinions, we cannot allow ourselves to lose sight of being part of One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

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