Writes Fr Ed Bakker, a regular visitor to this blog:
Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Lord be with you !
I read the blog of Father Stephens Smuts from the TAC in South Africa, I was also indicating on my blog that I was following it. See https://frstephensmuts.wordpress.com/
Whilst I support Father Stephen in His Ministry in the TAC, I just find that the blog is favouring the Ordinariate too much. I am on the other side of the spectrum, I have chosen to remain an Anglican Catholic Priest. I respect the decision of all those who have chosen to cross the Tiber as Anglicans and have become Roman Catholic Catholics. In return I would be overjoyed if these Clergy would respect my decision and that of many of my collegues in the Contiuum.
Have a blessed evening,
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church
To which, I responded:
Father, thank you for this post.
First, I am a TAC Priest. There is at present no Ordinariate here in South Africa.
Second, there is far more Ordinariate ‘news’ out there to blog on. Almost daily, there is some posting or new information/discussion on the Ordinariate as it continues to unfold. On the other hand, there has been no TAC news on the internet for quite some time now, bar the sad passing of Mr Howard Hecht, the St Mary of the Angels Hollywood fiasco, and the ‘sacramental servicing’ of the SSJC which, when the truth be told, was announced by the SSJC. Not a word from the TAC side via any internet (or other) source. So obviously then, blogging would appear to be one ‘sided’.
On the blog, over the above, you’ll find the occasional mention of Anglican and Catholic news greater, and other religious reporting. The ‘falleness’ of man is often before my eyes too.
I regularly post on Biblical Archaeology. As Murphy-O’Conner once put it: ‘Archaeology in Israel never stops’. Such an exciting field, it was the original intent behind starting a blog. I’ve often thought it (safer) to go back to Bib Arch as a sole subject here. But the blog has become very popular. I basically of late get 2000+ visits daily. And I’m always conscious of Pope Benedict XVI who took the initative and encouraged all priests to start a blog, and ‘give the Internet a soul’. Leading fallen man to Christ is our greatest calling.
And, for the record Father, what I ‘favour’ is Christian Unity. That is Biblically mandated (St John 17:20-23). There is simply no getting around our Lord’s words, as much as we would try…
And the Lord said: Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and thou, being once converted, confirm thy brethren.
– St Luke 22:31-32