THE RISE IN SHEER GALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE

In a lengthy address delivered in Canada on March 6, Cardinal William Levada, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, stated that the reception of communities of Anglicans into the Catholic Church is consistent with Anglican-Catholic ecumenical dialogue because “union with the Catholic Church is the goal of ecumenism.

Tracing the history of Anglican-Catholic dialogue since the Second Vatican Council, Cardinal Levada noted that Anglican decisions to ordain women and countenance homosexual activity were not consistent with earlier statements agreed to by Anglican and Catholic theologians. “No wonder, then, that the ordination of a bishop in a homosexual partnership in New Hampshire, with subsequent approval by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church of the United States in 2003, and the authorization of rituals for the blessing of gay unions and marriages by the Anglican Church in Canada, have caused an enormous upheaval within the Anglican communion,” the cardinal observed.

Cardinal Levada then compared the reception of Anglican communities into the Catholic Church to the addition of an instrument to an orchestra. Professing the Catechism of the Catholic Church, these communities will play the same doctrinal notes, yet will enrich the orchestra with another sound.

Let me add right away that when I say enrichment I am referring not to any addition of essential elements of sanctification and truth to the Catholic Church,” said Cardinal Levada. “Christ has endowed her with all the essential elements. I am referring to the addition of modes of expression of these essential elements, modes which enhance everyone’s appreciation of the inexhaustible treasures bestowed on the Church by her divine founder.”

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COMMENT: My guess is that the number of Old Catholics and Independent catholics around the world who are in full communion with Canterbury far exceeds the number of Anglican schismatics currently considering joining the Roman Empire (especially if you restrict the latter to just real Anglicans and not cults that cleared off years ago). And Old Catholics, Independent Filipino Catholics and the like are, on the whole, much nicer people than President Duncan et al. You win some, you lose some, but considering Anglicanism's small beginnings we're still well in the lead.

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THE RISE IN SHEER GALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE — 7 Comments

  1. This is now and always has been the official and “real” position of the Roman Catholic Church. It requires complete assent to an absolute monarch, who is deemed infallible. While we as Anglicans have much in common with the RCs, and the Anglican—Roman Catholic International Commission has done some fine work (not that I agree with all of it), the required consent to the claimed infallible will of an absolute monarch is much more of an impediment to union than female or gay bishops are or ever will be. Anyone who doesn’t understand the completely inflexible RC line (which is not going to change for centuries if ever) — and I include the ABC in this — is quite naive.

  2. “I am referring to the addition of modes of expression of these essential elements, modes which enhance everyone’s appreciation of the inexhaustible treasures bestowed on the Church by her divine founder.”

    I suppose that is true if one reads “everyone” to mean all except glbt folks, the wimmins, and those who support their full inclusion of the church and its ministries. Everyone except them.

  3. It highlights, doesn’t it, why liberals have such a difficult time within the Catholic fold. After all, the very essence of liberal thought is the acknowlegement that we reach the conclusions that we reach through reason and argument, and with that comes the understanding that of course, we could be wrong. But Papa Bernie can’t, ‘cos he’s infallible…