The Pope and the Church quietly move forward

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The Pope and the Church quietly move forward

While every­thing is elec­tion elec­tion elec­tion in the US things con­tinue to get inter­est­ing in Eng­land:

Anglo-​Catholicism within the Church of Eng­land is evap­o­rat­ing like a cloud of incense rolling down the nave. Those Angli­cans who have decided to take advan­tage of Pope Bene­dict XVI’s his­toric offer of spe­cial priv­i­leges within the Roman Catholic Church are already con­struct­ing a net­work of Ordi­nar­i­ate com­mu­ni­ties that will bear fruit in new Catholic parishes. Cru­cially, they are led by two “fly­ing” Angli­can bish­ops, the Rt Rev Andrew Burn­ham of Ebb­s­fleet and the Rt Rev Keith New­ton of Richborough.

When you have media that thinks in terms of win­ning a media day vs the Church that looks at things in terms of cen­turies there really is no con­test at all is there?

Update: The Anchoress points out this isn’t just going on in England:

On the heels of Pope Benedict’s well-​received visit to the United King­dom came the announce­ment last week of the CDF’s appoint­ment of Arch­bishop Don­ald Wuerl, of Wash­ing­ton, as its del­e­gate, “to guide the incor­po­ra­tion of Angli­can groups into the Catholic Church in the United States.”

Yeah. It’s a big deal. And today, NETNY, Brook­lyn Diocese-​run chan­nel that broad­casts, among other things, the nation’s only daily Catholic news pro­gram, scored an inter­view with Wuerl that helps clar­ify what the Ordi­nar­i­ate means for both Angli­cans and Catholics, and how many Angli­can con­gre­ga­tions and parishes will be pro­ceed­ing toward full Com­mu­nion with Rome, and what the process will look like.

This is not about indi­vid­ual “con­ver­sions” but about how whole parishes may be incor­po­rated into Com­mu­nion with Rome, while main­tain­ing their her­itage, their liturgy and music (and any­one watch­ing the gor­geous Evening Prayer at which Pope Bene­dict par­tic­i­pated while in Eng­land will under­stand their desire to main­tain it). Wuerl does a good job of lay­ing out the basics.

This devel­op­ment will make many lib­eral in the US go Kry­ten

While everything is election election election in the US things continue to get interesting in England:

Anglo-Catholicism within the Church of England is evaporating like a cloud of incense rolling down the nave. Those Anglicans who have decided to take advantage of Pope Benedict XVI’s historic offer of special privileges within the Roman Catholic Church are already constructing a network of Ordinariate communities that will bear fruit in new Catholic parishes. Crucially, they are led by two “flying” Anglican bishops, the Rt Rev Andrew Burnham of Ebbsfleet and the Rt Rev Keith Newton of Richborough.

When you have media that thinks in terms of winning a media day vs the Church that looks at things in terms of centuries there really is no contest at all is there?

Update: The Anchoress points out this isn’t just going on in England:

On the heels of Pope Benedict’s well-received visit to the United Kingdom came the announcement last week of the CDF’s appointment of Archbishop Donald Wuerl, of Washington, as its delegate, “to guide the incorporation of Anglican groups into the Catholic Church in the United States.”

Yeah. It’s a big deal. And today, NETNY, Brooklyn Diocese-run channel that broadcasts, among other things, the nation’s only daily Catholic news program, scored an interview with Wuerl that helps clarify what the Ordinariate means for both Anglicans and Catholics, and how many Anglican congregations and parishes will be proceeding toward full Communion with Rome, and what the process will look like.

This is not about individual “conversions” but about how whole parishes may be incorporated into Communion with Rome, while maintaining their heritage, their liturgy and music (and anyone watching the gorgeous Evening Prayer at which Pope Benedict participated while in England will understand their desire to maintain it). Wuerl does a good job of laying out the basics.

This development will make many liberal in the US go Kryten