[quote=HagiaSophia]God is striving to do a whole new thing to unite his people," he said. Later he exclaimed in Latin: “Ut unum sint,” or “that all may be one,” a reference to Pope John Paul II’s 1995 encyclical of that name, in which the pope invited non-Roman Catholic Christians into greater affiliation with the papacy.
Although Moyer declined to discuss what he meant by “one, true church,” the Anglican Church in America’s presiding bishop said last week that the denomination, which opposes women’s ordination, seeks communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
In a telephone interview from his office in Clive, Iowa, Archbishop Louis W. Falk said that while the Anglican Church in America numbers only 8,000 members - “the size of some Catholic parishes” - it belongs to the Traditional Anglican Church, which claims approximately 500,000 members worldwide.
Falk said the Traditional Anglican Church, whose primate resides in Adelaide, Australia, has been in conversation with Vatican officials about possibly becoming a semi-autonomous Anglican rite of the Roman Catholic Church, similar to the Ukrainian Catholic and Greek Catholic rites.
As a member of the TAC, I’m requesting silence, and a LOT of prayers, on our behalf.
The last time such talks occured, several liberal members of the United States Catholic Council of Bishops scotched the deal. One thing they did was to replace the 1928 Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and the American/Anglican Missal that we use with it with the 1979 Prayer Book (which is much more modernist and avoids uncomfortable doctrines such as that of sin). Many, such as Cardinal Mahony (and his predecessor before him), have refused to received Anglican Use Parishes outright, in spite of Papal instructions.
The Mass, esp. when done as a Solemn High Mass, is beautiful. If you can picture a Solemn High Tridentine Mass done in 17th Century English with a LOT, with a LOT more participation by the faithful, you’ll have the idea. I understand that at least some of the Cardinals of the Church wanted to use that, or the Sung Mass based on the 1928 BCP, because of the beauty of the language and the fact that the Mass still retained some of the air of mystery.
Some other thing which might bother some of the members of the Council of Bishops - Anglican Bishops in the TAC are pretty traditionalist, along the lines of Pope John Paul II himself, and they are required to visit the parishes in their dioceses at least once each year. I’ve met my local Bishop, Bishop James Stewar, a Medal of Honor & 2x Purple Heart Recipient and a retired Commander Air Group, US Marines, 2x, and the Primate of the TAC, Archbishop John Hepworth, who taught “Battlefield Ethics” To the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) at the request of the Government of Israel (GOI), all in the last 15 months.
I understand that if things could be worked ourked, we’d all be in union with and submitted to His Holiness, the Pope.
As I said, I’m requesting silence and prayers. I do want this to happen, and so do a lot of others.
In Him, Michael