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August 18, 2007


As an Anglican, the title of this blog bother me. "The Church and Anglicanism"? There is but one Church, founded and headed by Jesus himself (not by the Pope, not by the Archbishop of Canterbury) which has multiple branches, of which Anglican is but one and Roman is but one other. I am sick and tired of the lack of respect shown to us by a few of our Roman brothers and sisters. I speak of their disdain of Anglican Orders, in particular, an allegedly closed Eucharist, and their refusal to receive communion from our priests. Thank goodness it's just a few of you. Many of my Roman brothers and sisters accept us as fellow Catholics---which we are---and do in fact share the Eucharist with us, Vatican notwithstanding. And of course, many of have no hesitation about receiving communion in a Roman church. The Body of our Lord is no one's private property!

I am sorry to hear that you feel that way, David. However, I think that it is you who are disrespecting our beliefs and not the other way around. It seems that you are demanding that we abandon our faith in Catholic ecclesiology -- which is a theological position -- as a sign of "respect." However, if you cannot accept respect from us without demanding that we abandon our faith and accept yours, it is you who do not respect our faith and not the other way around.

When I was in the Anglican Catholic Church some years ago, before I became Roman Catholic, their position was that their members should not receive communion in a Catholic church even if the priest was willing to allow it. That was, in fact, respect for the fact that there are serious enough differences between the "ACC" and the Catholic Church that the two are not in full communion.

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