June 10, 2012
The Anglican Catholic Chronicle which is the newsletter of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada is out.
You can download it in pdf. here.
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Tagged with Anglican Catholic Church of Canada, Canada, Church, News, Traditional Anglican Communion
About Fr Stephen SmutsTAC Priest in South Africa.
I have to say, the ANGLICAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN CANADA has the nicest looking coat of arms. I am struck by its beauty, symmetry and colors. Well done!
Well done the Canadian Heraldic Authority, I think: “Argent a cross Gules between four Maltese crosses Azure”.
The flag of St George is, of course the national flag of England and is usually flown on CofE churches – so that’s a reference to the CofE, I think the 4 Maltese Crosses refer to St John the Baptist – a patron saint of Canada. So far so good.
The motto, however, is taken from the Vulgate – Psalm 72.8 tr “He will rule from sea to sea and from the River [the Euphrates ] to the ends of the earth.”
For Catholics, that is usually held to refer to the dominion of Christ over the whole Earth and by extension to the universal mission of the Catholic Church so I suppose it’s a reference to the claim of this small sect to be part of the Catholic Church.
I note that the “Acting Metropolitan” also describes himnself as “Apostolic Administrator” but surely not one appointed by the Holy Father even though he is wearing the dress prescribed for a Catholic bishop rather than that more usual for a prelate of the Anglican Communion.
Mind you I think the TAC bishop in South Africa also “dresses Roman” while the Indian acting Primate seems to wear something closer to the Anglican Communion norm.
Thank goodness that being “Catholic” is much more than rubrics and even the visible, but is certainly spiritual, i.e. “spirit and truth”! It is here I will fully press Luther, myself! Indeed Luther’s theology of the “theologia crucis” of Christ, verses the “theologia gloriae” is much more the Apostolic, at least to my mind!
However, I will say this, I still have and use the classic Crucifix! Yes, I do have a few “English” Anglo-Catholic elements! And yes, I guess I am one of those eclectic “Catholic” types, but always too an “Evangelical” and Reformed! How’s that! I know not good enough for you Mourad! I call it “freedom” in “spirit and truth” myself! And here I am close to people like the Wesley brothers, and the great Scottish Quaker, Robert Barclay, and too Bernard of Clairvaux! Indeed the Church Catholic is rather spiritually large, in God Triune!
You have already disclosed in previous posts that you are a former Catholic who chose to separate from Holy Mother Church. I know not whether you were ever in Catholc Holy Order, but you are undobtedly in a different canonical situation from the many separated brethern who were born or brought up in the Church of England or other demoninations not in communion.
That may explain why you spend so much time on this blog posting negatively in a manner one might say is calculated to discourage separated brethren who may be seeking to discern whether entering into full communion with the Church is a step they ought to take.
So yet another post to proclaim what your beliefs are: In two short paragraphs you use “the perpendicular pronoun” no fewer than eight times!
You are of, course, not the first Catholic to separate himself from the Church in England or elsewhere. Once can only pray that by the Grace of God you and others in similar positions will one day be reconciled and received back into the bosom of Holy Mother Church and, as we are taught by the parable, (Luke 15:11-32) that would be a day of great rejoicing both in heaven and on earth.
“But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found”
@Mourad: This is not really about “me” per se, but about the biblical and theological nature of the truth of God! Though I too have a real Roman Catholic history. And btw, I find it very interesting that Roman Catholics sing many “Protestant” hymns, like those of Charles Wesley, and too.. the classic ‘Amazing Grace’, by also the Anglican, John Newton. Note, I mentioned purposely the great Quaker, Robert Barclay, he was very close to Roman Catholicism early in his life, but chose to go with the English and American Quakers. And he was a profound Christian, though I would also personally not follow many of the or his Quaker doctrines.
As to “time” here, I am both myself an Anglican priest/presbyter (a shepherd), and also something of a theolog myself, but I am also friends with our Anglican blog host, here. And just perhaps? people like you and others, might come to a better and more biblical/theological understanding of both the Church and Christ! And note, I have not called “you” an “apostate”, I will leave that place for God, HE is the judge!
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