I find it curious that so many Anglicans who come to the realization that their communion is self destructing, fail to consider one of the most obvious potential answers to the question “wither now?” For those with a Protestant mindset and who seek “a church” there are no shortage of options. Pick one. But for those possessed of a catholic mindset, which is to say those seeking “The Church,” I would think one’s choices are essentially limited, Rome or Orthodoxy. And yet for all the debate (ad infinitum) of the pro’s and con’s of entering communion with Rome, it is passing far beyond rare to see an even remotely serious discussion of Orthodoxy. All of which leaves me to wonder why the more or less universal dismissal of the the world’s second largest communion, one with a credible claim to catholicity at least as sound as Rome’s? A dismissal,that again, appears to be so universally accepted as to not even warrant sober discussion.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Anglican Expatriates; Wither now?
Fr. Anthony Chadwick has posted an interesting piece on his excellent blog English Catholic. It is an invitation from Bishop Roald Flemestad of the Nordic Catholic Church for those traditional Anglicans seeking a new home to consider his church. Now I have no real objection to anyone tooting their own church's horn and putting out the welcome mat. But I do find it interesting that this piece which was originally published by Forward in Faith, a highly regarded Trad Anglican organization, is being treated as seriously at is. Here we have huge numbers of people who have slaughtered entire forests and filled up gazillions of Gigabytes online with the endless debate over the merits of entering into communion with Rome, and now there is serious discussion among some of the PNCC or the Nordic Catholic Church? And yet there has been one thing notable for its absense in all of the discussion among disaffected Anglicans on the subject of where to go, which I addressed in the following comment.