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Friday, May 31, 2013

"Preserving Anglicanism"

From Ad Orientem.

First question, "Preserving what?"

'Anglicanism' is a relatively new term to me, though somebody has been putting a lot of effort into defining it at Wikipedia. 'Anglicanism' seems to be a post hoc effort by theologically conservative Episcopalians to distinguish themselves from their ideological opponents. ('Episcopalian' is itself a post-Revolution nominative to distinguish the American church from its English roots.)

As the Wikipedia entry itself notes, the ecclesia anglicana was simply the Church of the English nation. And in 1559, that church with its hierarchy, clergy and physical assets, declared independence from the Roman Pontiff. Had either side a sense of orthodox ecclesiology, things could have rocked along and settled down, as when the Russian Church took autocephaly from Constantinople in 1448, a theological and practical reality which the mother Church had no real choice but to recognize.

Of course, we're meandering into long-gone alternate history. With its scholars far more rooted in the Reformation than the early Church Fathers, no serious conciliar or magisterial process, and in error ab initio by drawing up a church in Parliament and putting the head of State in charge, the Anglicans have never had any claim to catholicity and orthodoxy.

Go Catholic, go Orthodox, or go play golf on Sunday.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I generally don't like to witness the death of any Christian church.

But you're right that the Church of England is a worthless organization that should just disappear.