[quote=philangcatholic]Hello. I am a 15 yr old Anglo-Catholic from Baltimore, Maryland. I know that generally in the Roman Catholic community Anglo-Catholics and all Anglicans are considered Protestants. But Anglo-Catholics look at it another way. Most people think of Anglicanism as having started in the 16th century when Henry VIII wanted to divorce his wife. This is not true. Anglican Catholicism started when Pope Gregory the Great sent St. Augustine of Canterbury to England to convert the pagans of England to Christianity. There, the Anglican Church was started. It is because of St. Augustine of Canterbury that we believe we have Apostolic Succession.
Now, as for my personal beliefs one might think that they are very similar to a Roman Catholic. They are actually. First of all, I am a complete and total Marian. I believe in all the Marian dogmas put forth by the previous Holy Fathers. Especially the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption. I also am an avid participant in the Holy Rosary.
We also believe in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and it is the sacrifice of Calvary being performed again. We believe in Transubstantiation. I am learning that you really cannot be Catholic unless you are Eucharistic. So, I am learning and starting to have a great love and devotion for Eucharistic Adoration.
I also believe, as many Anglo-Catholics do, in the supremacy of the Pope, the Successor of St. Peter, the Bishop of Rome. Even though we are not in communion with His Holiness Pope Benedict I place myself under his sovreignty.
Really, I believe in all the teachings of our Holy Mother Church of Rome especially, Purgatory, the Communion of Saints, the Pope, Apostolic Sucession, Sacred Tradition, etc.
Well I hope I can shed some light on Anglo-Catholics! Oh…one final thing. Most Anglo-Catholics wish and hope for re-union with the Holy See more then any other thing! Hmmmm…mabye with the election of Pope Benedict as he is very similar to the late Pope John Paul II and wishes for unity, mabye there are hopes for us. I just want to let you know that we are not Protestants pretending to be Catholic! We are Catholics!
I think those that consider themselves Anglo-Catholics do really want to be Catholics… but can one be Anglican and Catholic? I took a quick look at the 39 Articles… **XVIII. Of the Lord’s Supper. **
Transubstantiation (or the change of the substance of Bread and Wine) in the Supper of the Lord, cannot be proved by Holy Writ; but is repugnant to the plain words of Scripture, overthroweth the nature of a Sacrament, and hath given occasion to many superstitions.
So I do think there is a contradiction with being Anglican and being Catholic.
But perhaps I am misrepresenting something? I hope I am not.
I do pray for unity, though. It would be great if all the ‘Anglo-Catholics’ could be united to us. I hope we will be some day.