Is Anglicanorum Coetibus Only about White Anglo-Saxons?
October 13, 2012 14 Comments
Deborah Gyapong asks the question, and a rather good one it is.
If you see a congregation full of people who are black say from Africa or the Caribbean backgrounds, or brown from South American backgrounds, or brown from India perhaps wearing a sari, would you assume these folks could not possibly have true Anglican backgrounds?
If the Anglican background thing is stretched to the max under Canon law, then I perhaps would not qualify to be a member as I am Slavic, with my only English blood from my maternal great grandfather, a Protestant chap whose ancestor’s set up a rope-making factory in Archangel, Russia back in the 19th Century.
To me Anglicanism is more about language than it is about race, about the contributions of English culture through the Prayer Book and the King James Bible and other aspects of that cultural ethos that has a worldwide application in the Anglosphere, which includes many countries which are not predominantly white.
Should the Holy See ensure Anglicanorum coetibus is extended to those other countries? Was it a strategic mistake not to have episcopal delegates in some African countries and India?