New Article about Northern Catholicism

I have just had a “ping” from this excellent article – Northerness Respondi on Anglican Rose.

As I have already mentioned, I have a great deal of esteem for Archbishop Peter Robinson, even though I am a tad more “pre-reformation” than he is. The article to which I link seeks to develop Archbishop Robinson’s Northerness.

It is interesting to note that there are many parallels between Anglican England and Lutheran Germany (or rather those little states in what was to become Germany which followed Luther). There was a “high” point in the baroque era, which cooled with the onset of the “classical” period.

Archbishop Robinson has always been much more on the side of “classical” and “old high church” Anglicanism than many continuing Anglicans who are more (or have been now the ordinariate-bound have gone their way) Anglican-Papalist. Personally, I just don’t have it in me to pick up a Prayer Book and say that is a complete liturgical book after all I have known and experienced. I disconnected from the Church of England back in 1981 – more than thirty years ago. The Thirty-Nine Articles remind me of old English legalese. On the other hand, I am just as dismayed at being in a church being broken up for spare parts and “ordinariate-fodder” – and which seems to be coming back to life in places, and yet very timidly. I disconnect more and more and aspire to a vision of Christianity more influenced by monasticism, contemplative life and a liturgical bedrock. Obviously, I am not parish priest material!

The author of this article, Charles Bartlett, gave a number of links at the end of the articles. My Northern Catholicism is said to be “a bit on the PC apologetic side but important nonetheless“. How strange, as, if PC means politically correct, I am so far from the bourgeois mentality – especially the new left. I pride myself on my being unconventional, out-of-the-box and more of an anarchist (more within the “individuated person” perspective than as a political system that does not and cannot “work”) than anything else. Also, I am not terribly “into” apologetics, but I prefer to let people find their own truths in their own time, that their discoveries should be a result of experience and illumination. I consider apologists in the same way as I consider telephone salesmen (and saleswomen) – just put the telephone receiver near your stereo speakers and leave them with nice music to listen too!

Anyway, I am happy that this fine Anglican intellectual still reads my stuff, and I always find his writings fascinating.

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