Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A.I.N.O. ?

Anglican in Name Only?

So, Pope Benedict has offered a free trip across the Tiber to Anglicans. It's an astounding thing. But as I've said before, I'm Anglican, not Catholic. (Boy, I sound like a broken record, don't I?)

An Anglican scholar, Roberta Bayer (who serves on the Prayer Book Society) has written a very straightforward response to the proceedings. She makes several good points. The first and foremost (to me) is her statement "To move to Rome with this ordinariate may be to remain Anglican in name only." To a layperson, Anglican and Catholic worship may seem quite similar. To this Anglican, they are very, very different. And while I may not agree with much going on in the Anglican Communion these days, to move to Rome would be to abandon the spiritual practices I hold dear.

4 comments:

Blondie said...

I am pretty sure that I need an Anglican tutorial. i am familiar with Catholicism, for a whole host of reasons. You, my dear, are my only true Anglican friend.

Zana said...

Here's a decent article that talks about the basic differences between Catholicism and Anglicanism.

http://anglicansonline.org/resources/essays/whalon/AngRC-diffEng.html

If you have any specific questions, I might be able to answer (and if I can't I'll ask the professor and pass his answers on!)

8-)

Darren said...

The question, of course, is whether anyone will be able to understand the professor's explanations :)

Zana said...

Well, yes... that's true, Darren. But (usually) I can translate! ::GRIN::