Suggestions for Anglo-Catholic Union

Fr Anthony Chadwick has them:

… The ideal of an Anglo-Catholic union is that it would be a single episcopal synod, where bishops get together, get their act together, and make mutual decisions about jurisdictional matters, and if necessary, a reduction of the number of bishops in proportion to the numbers of parishes in each diocese. That would be the most credible objective, but perhaps one that could be achieved in a number of stages…

If the TAC could get together with the ACC and the APA, that would give a large and credible communion, even better if other Anglo-Catholic communions like the Diocese of the Holy Cross can be in on it. Once stability is ensured, then perhaps there can be further stages at gaining the confidence of other Christians whether or not they identify with Anglicanism…

Anglo-Catholicism is now going to be more moderate with the transition of the Anglo-Papalists to the Ordinariate. I hope it will not have to be fettered to the Articles and the Prayer Book, a continuation of the old cognitive dissonance from which even moderate Anglo-Catholics have suffered in the past… There are lots of possibilities…

Also, a peaceful parting of the ways between Anglo-Catholics and broad / low Anglicans would free the low churchmen from having to accept doctrines not contained in the old Anglican formularies. It would do them a favour too.

Just a few ideas…

Read it all here.

And as an UPDATEIdeal Characteristics of Anglo-Catholicism.


One thought on “Suggestions for Anglo-Catholic Union

  1. 1. Have a single headquarters.

    2. Figure out your ecclesiology. Centralized? Decentralized? A more centralized way of governance instills unity, because it implies your bishops are united. They see together, they act together, they convene frequently, or they have primus inter pares or Πρῶτος μεταξὺ ἴσων.

    3. Define your patrimony. Surely, none of the Anglo-Catholics think about women priests/bishops, for example.

    4. Have a single chief bishop, a living authority that interprets Scripture and doctrine to be a sort of “mini-pope”- have some solid basis as to why they have the authority they have.

    5. Don’t flake out. Don’t start your own little “Continuing body” because you happened to disagree with the central authority. Don’t sign anything and then later say “THAT MEANT NOTHING!”

    6. Consolidate. A church filled with only bishops isn’t a church as much as it is a brotherhood. A church filled only with your family smacks of Westboro Baptist Church and isn’t a church. If your church is only comprised of your friends and families because that’s how it is right now, and they’re willing to sacrifice and basically -die- for your movement, they should move to an area where they are more concentrated and can easily meet with their fellow Anglo-Catholics.

    7. What is the point of your movement? Really, what is the point of your movement? How realistically will it grow the next 20 years? Will it attract people? How solid is its theology? What makes it so special? What can you find in it that you can’t find in your Anglican or Catholic church?


    As a Roman Catholic, my own example is this:

    1. We’re headquartered in Rome.

    2. We are centralized, but not absolutely controlled by Rome in everything- there’s some delegated authority in each country’s conference of bishops.

    3. We’re 2,000 years old and everything that follows from that fact.

    4. We have the Pope. Tu Es Petrus, etc.

    5. We have the SSPX and Old Catholics, and some cockamaime “Catholic” churches that “ordain” women, “gay friendly” and so forth, but they aren’t taken seriously, are they? They’re basically inconsequential and they’re destined to die off because they are cut off from the Church.

    6. With 1.3 Billion members and 2,000 years of experience, I’d wager the Church knows how to run and administer herself.

    7. The point is to save souls. The Pope binds and loosens as God allows him to bind and loosen. The bishops obey authority and work to save souls. Every confirmed Catholic is called to participate in the work of Salvation, or they are living a parasitical existence in the Body of Christ. At every Mass, the priests does in remembrance what Christ did, but because of the New Covenant’s eternal nature, the event on the altar is the same as the events on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. 2,000 years of theology have produced more than several lifetime’s worth of study and reflection, philosophy, theology, and other works that support various aspects of the Catholic Church. We will grow in the next 20 years, if not quickly, then slowly- but surely. We will attract people because the Holy Spirit works through us. In the Catholic Church, you will find Jesus Christ Himself- the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

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