Thursday, October 22, 2009

the anglicans are coming...........

Once again, I am struck by how truly courageous and yes, awesome, Pope Benedict is. For a shy, quiet professor he really gets things done. Fr. Z, the American Papist and the Anchoress have the details of the Anglican arrangement and they discuss it better than I could.

Now, as to practical matters. How many Anglicans will really convert? If you're genuinely serious about becoming Catholic you do it. You do it even though your father is opposed, you do it even though the people at work will laugh, you do it even though your Aunt Mary will cut you out of her will. Converting is not always easy. My in-laws weren't happy when Rocky converted and occasionally my F-I-L, Big Daddy cracks a nasty joke.

I get the impression that the Anglo Catholics/Anglicans are very much attached to their beautiful old buildings--- this is not a criticism, Catholics have had sit ins to try to stall closing their parishes---and I don't see the Anglicans who are left behind willingly giving up their property. As for the married priests, they could be a problem. If a man can have one woman, he can have another. Preachers messing up sexually is common in Protestant denominations. And I'm concerned about the financial burden that will be placed on parishes in the event of priestly divorces. I don't want my weekly donations going to pay for the priest's child support. Sorry, I just don't.

All in all, an amazing thing has happened. The door is opened for Anglicans to come back to the Church. All they have to do is walk in.


R J said...

Anglo-Catholics are very numerous and powerful in Australia. Not in Sydney (where Anglicanism is almost wholly evangelical) but in Melbourne and, to a lesser extent, elsewhere. Also the Traditional Anglican Communion's Rev John Hepworth is Australian.

My guess is, the vast majority of Australia's own Anglo-Catholics will stay exactly where they are (and would do so even if the TAC had never existed). They retain the happy delusion of being Catholics already.

Father Leslie Rumble, that excellent 1940s-1950s catechist whom Fulton Sheen eulogized, once said that he found Anglo-Catholics to be among the most recalcitrant of possible converts. The existence of Apostolicae Curae did not get through to them. Even a skilled thinker like T. S. Eliot's biographer and coreligionist Robert Sencourt turned himself into knots trying to pretend that black was white, that somehow Eliot had been in full communion with Pius XII really (it just happened to be invisible communion I guess) and that Apostolicae Curae simply did not mean what, in the plainest possible language, it said. There appear to be literally no limits to the self-deception capacity of the mainstream Anglican mind.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

I once entertained the illusion of converting along with "Suecio-Catholics" (people relating to Catholics and Swedish Lutherans as Anglo-Catholics to Catholics and Anglicans).

And a year or two later, I had to get the butt moving alone instead, came a female pastor to the Lutheran parish, not as "curate" but as "chaplain". Bad enough.