Again, I’m not sure where this belongs; if it should be in the non-Catholic section, I apologize.
I am, however, primarily interested in the opinion of Catholics, primarily those under the authority of Rome (UAR), but also those not under the authority of Rome (NUAR), to weigh in with their opinions, arguments, facts and theories.
I am looking into Anglican orders and the argument of their validity or invalidity. For previous research, I’ve read Apostolicae Curae and Saepius Officio (both of which can be found online), as well as “Absolutely null and utterly void” and “Stewards of the Lord”, both by John Jay Hughes, as well as a Traditionalist Catholic appraisal of the situation, in “Absolutely null and utterly void” by Rev. Anthony Cekada (also available online).
Hughes and Saepius Officio give the affirmative argument, Hughes from a position of a Catholic UAR (after Apostolicae Curae), and Saepius Officio of the Anglican response to the Apostolicae Curae, the Catholic NUAR position.
Apostolicae Curae gives one negative argument, the position that Anglican Orders are invalid, and this from the Pope. I am in the process of reading then Cardinal Ratzinger’s own writing on this, but am not yet finished with that reading.
Finally, Cekada gives a negative argument from the Catholic NUAR position, that also argues that Catholics UAR have invalid orders, because their orders are essentially Anglican in composition and intent.
I have yet to reach an absolute position on these issues, or a defense, but I naturally lean toward the affirmative.
For Catholics UAR who favor the affirmative, why do you think Anglican orders are valid, and how to you answer Apostolicae Curae?
For Catholics UAR who favor the negative, how do you answer Saepius Officio and the arguments from Hughes (that the intent is manifestly present, and that a minimal form, since it was practiced in antiquity, must be valid if any Catholic office is valid)? Also, how do you answer Cekada’s objections to Catholic UAR ordinations?
For Catholics NUAR, how do you answer Apostolicae Curae and Cekada’s arguments?
Thank you for your input.