Anglicanorum Coetibus: The Backward Glance
Today, I received and e-mail from Fr. Michael Gray who runs the web site of the Traditional Anglican Church in England, member Church of the TAC and the first to give its formal approval to the motion of accepting the Holy Father’s offer to Anglicans in Anglicanorum coetibus and the October 20th press announcement by Cardinal Levada.
Having cleared these papers of an entirely unofficial character with Canon Ian Gray, Vicar General of the TTAC, he asked me to release them on The Anglo-Catholic blog “provided no higher status is claimed for them”.
Here is the first of the three papers:
Anglicanorum coetibus – the backward glance (part of a series of three papers)
1. It is an easy attack to accuse the Traditional Anglican Communion of “betraying Anglicanism”, and there have been such attacks. But to make this stick, we must first know what Anglicanism is. Then we must know whether that identity can be so important as to overrule the clear obligation for unity. While this backward look is not perhaps the most important issue – the destination is more important than the origin – it is more immediately practical since we might think we know the origin but do not yet have all the information about the destination. Unfortunately, it is very far from clear what that origin is, or was...
Read the rest at The Anglo-Catholic.