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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

BREAKING: TRADITIONAL ANGLICANS RETURN TO ROME !!!


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Very BIG news is coming out of Rome and London. It's one of the greatest events in the last 500 years, since the Protestant schism of the 16th century. The largest, and most significant, migration of Anglicans back into the Catholic Church has begun. As of today some half a million traditional Anglicans have just been readmitted back into the Catholic Church. It will surly be accompanied by millions more in the years ahead. Furthermore, the development of the Anglican Use liturgy (or better yet, a full fledged Anglican Rite!) would serve to revive Traditional Catholicism in the English-speaking world in ways not previously imagined. What we're looking at here is the possibility of a HOLY REVOLUTION among English-Speaking Catholics around the world...
(Telegraph) - This is astonishing news. Pope Benedict XVI has created an entirely new Church structure for disaffected Anglicans that will allow them to worship together – using elements of Anglican liturgy – under the pastoral supervision of their own specially appointed bishop or senior priest.

The Pope is now offering Anglicans worldwide “corporate reunion” on terms that will delight Anglo-Catholics. In theory, they can have their own married priests, parishes and bishops – and they will be free of liturgical interference by liberal Catholic bishops who are unsympathetic to their conservative stance.

There is even the possibility that married Anglican laymen could be accepted for ordination on a case-by-case basis – a remarkable concession....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: I have received a few emails from Catholics who are confused by all this. They cannot understand why the pope is allowing people "who do not believe in Catholic teachings" into the Church. Obviously there is some confusion here. I had the opportunity to respond to one of these emails, and I am providing the text below...
Yes I can see how all of this would look confusing on the surface. In answer to your question the pope is not letting anybody into the Church who doesn't already fully believe the Catholic faith, most especially the Church's teachings on the Eucharist.

Over the last 100 years the Anglicans/Episcopalians have been influenced by two movements. The first was the Oxford Movement which encouraged a return to Catholicism in practice and belief. The second was the Modernist movement which encouraged liberalism. Both movements had their influence over the Anglican Communion. However, over the last 30 to 35 years, the Modernist movement practically took over the Anglican churches in England, North America and Australia - i.e. most of the Anglican Communion. Once that happened the conservatives in the Communion retreated back into their Anglo-Catholic shell, drawing closer to Rome in belief and practice. Some of them split away from the Communion forming what they call the "Anglican Continuum" which is a network of conservative Anglican churches that are essentially Catholic in every way minus the pope. They've been petitioning Rome for entry into the Catholic Church as a group for the last few years now. Their bishops have all signed an endorsement of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Several other conservative groups exist as well, and each one is catholic to different degrees.

Rome's biggest problem with Anglicanism in general has always been a lack of validity to their Holy Orders. The line of apostolic secession was completely broken by the early 1600s. Furthermore, new problems recently developed in the general Anglican Communion due to the influence of Modernism that has created the ordination of women priests and bishops, along with openly homosexual priests and bishops. This has hindered ecumenical talks between Rome and the Communion. Rome threw down the glove last spring, saying if the Anglican Communion, during their summer Lambeth conference, didn't take a stand against female bishops and homosexual bishops, at least protecting those in the Communion who conscientiously object, ecumenical relations would be changed forever. Not only did the Lambeth conference fail to do this, but the Church of England responded by permitting the ordination of female bishops in their own Church, and refused to offer protective measures for those Anglo-Catholics who objected. It was a disaster but totally expected.

Rome kept it's promise. Ecumenical relations have forever been changed as of today (10/20/2009). Rome has effectively slapped Canterbury, by saying "if you won't shelter these Anglo-Catholics from your Modernist nonsense, then we will." Now Liberals all over the world are pissed off. They know what the pope has done has just nailed the coffin shut on their Modernist designs for the Anglican Communion. The conservative Anglo-Catholics will leave right away, and many others will follow. In time most Anglicans will agree that Rome does a far better job protecting English Catholicism than Canterbury does, and so they too will convert. Like everyone else however, they must accept all the teachings of the Catholic Church.