A Wordle for Holy Eucharist Rite I from the 1979 BCP:
Archive for February, 2011
Catholicity and covenant suggests that Anglicanism is no mere pragmatic compromise. Rather, it views Anglicanism as a Communion in which the Catholic tradition and the insights of the Reformation inform and enrich one another – in which the Catholic tradition heeds the Reformation protest, and the Reformation attends to the Catholic tradition.
The Church of England did not abandon the historic apostolic ministry but sought to reform it. Ever since Anglicans have held that those ordained as bishops, priests and deacons, are ordained as bishops, priests and deacons of the Church of God. Change in that ordering of ministry is therefore a matter not just for the Church of England or the Anglican Communion but for all those Churches who claim to share that ministry. Developments in faith and order need this wider reference.
At the end of November I was privileged to have an audience with Pope Benedict, and was able to say to him that, as an Anglican bishop, standing in the catholic Anglican tradition, I — with others — wished to continue to witness to the catholic identity of Anglicanism, and received his encouragement to do so. The Anglican patrimony is not just a matter of hymn books and liturgy, of evensong and the English choral tradition, important as those things are. It is a sacramental way of living out a catholic identity, expressed in relation to the community and in a wise application of moral ideals to personal and pastoral realities. It is what the Churches of the East have sometimes recognised as a Western Orthodoxy. Above all it is about a faithfulness in a way of Christian living that expresses the beauty of holiness, which is about transfiguration into the likeness of Christ, living out… [Peter Meiderlin’s] maxim: “In essentials unity, in doubtful things liberty, and in all things charity.”