Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Opening the Doors to Anglicans and Episcopalians
Pope Benedict has stunned almost everyone by announcing that the Catholic Church will welcome those traditional members of the Anglican/Episcopal Church who might choose to enter into full communion with Rome, and that they will be able to enter into that communion as parishes or dioceses. Happily, it was announced that those who choose to accept this invitation will be allowed to maintain to a high degree their own traditions. I say "happily" because in my experience traditional Anglicans and Episcopalians have often retained liturgical traditions which in many Roman Catholic dioceses and parishes have succumbed to the spirit of the age. When an Episcopalian or Anglican friend expresses an interest in "swimming the Tiber," my reply has often been: "Don't forget to bring your liturgies with you when you come."