Pope Paul VI to the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Michael Ramsey

"(B)y entering into our house, you are entering your own house, we are happy to open our door and heart to you." - Pope Paul VI to Dr Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Bishop of Fulham gets on the Pope's boat.

The Anglican Bishop of Fulham, The Rt Rev.John Broadhurst has said that he will join the English Ordinariate by the end of the year. You can read more about his decision here.

He says that he will remain chair of FiF UK since it isn't an "Anglican organisation" Perhaps he meant "Church of England"? The adjective "Anglican" today goes beyond the Anglican communion. One can be Anglican and yet be a Roman Catholic!

With the Ordinariates, I believe that the word "Anglo-Catholic" won't be appropriate enough to describe  Catholics like Bp Broadhurst. It is quite awkward to  call them Roman Anglican Catholics or even Anglican Roman Catholics! The best way to call them is simply this

Anglicans in communion with Rome or  The Anglican Church in communion with Rome.

We take the precedence of Russian Christians who are in communion with the Pope. They call themselves officially as

The Russian Orthodox Church in communion with Rome

Some Roman Catholics may be dismayed that the word :"Catholic" isn't in the official name. But the whole essence of being Catholic is  being with Rome and under the pastoral care of her Bishop.

The word "Catholic" like "Anglican" goes beyond the Roman Catholic Church. But really being Catholic means being under the pastoral care of the Pope.

So all under his care are equally Catholic whatever liturgical expressions, spirituality are used to express this one Faith.

1 comment:

  1. Also the English Ordinariate/s can call itself as "The Church of England in communion with Rome" But of course this would cause a legal complication with the Established Church"

    Historically, Ecclesia Anglicana meant the English Church which was really in communion in the Pope. The coat of arms of the Diocese of Canterbury still bears the pallium, the sign of communion with Rome.


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