March 7th, 2010
I have had a friendly letter from Bishop Peter Elliott of Melbourne pointing out that the term “Anglican Catholic”, which I ascribed to him, was actually part of a commentary by someone else woven into his speech on “the Anglo-Catholic” website. Does this leave me with egg on my face? Yes, it most certainly does. Anyway, here is the bishop’s letter, which I urge you to read carefully, followed by the unedited text of his address. I apologise to him for the embarrassment I must have caused. He is an inspiring bishop; what I wouldn’t give to have his equivalent over here.
First of all thank you for your sterling work in promoting the Ordinariate Project.
However, in an article sent to me yesterday you quote me as saying that members of the Ordinariate can call themselves “Anglican Catholics”. In fact I did not say that in the paper I gave on February 13th. Those words form part of a commentary on my paper, interspersed through my text, by the man in charge of the “Anglo Catholic” website in the United States.
The terms are an inference he may wish to make, but for the record, this is not something I said in my original text, which I attach.
My paper was dealing with the essentials of the new structure. Currently “Anglican Catholics” a term used by themselves to described those Anglo Catholics who take a pro-papal stance. This term may survive to describe members of the Ordinariate, but at this stage, it is too premature to say what language will be used...
Read the rest at Mr. Thompson's blog Holy Smoke.