Anglican Catholic Unity

Here is a heads-up on another article by Deacon Jonathan Munn – Anglican Catholic Unity.

If comments have to be from a low church or “classical Anglican” point of view, please use the Classical Anglican Blow-Out Department. Deacon Munn obvious sets out to propose unity between Churches of similar Anglo-Catholic churchmanship in terms of doctrine and liturgical usage. Please keep it at this level to make discussion possible on equal terms.

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1 Response to Anglican Catholic Unity

  1. ed pacht says:

    On the whole ACC’s statement is worth considering, though a few of its points give me pause. There’s one paragraph that I find disturbing:

    “If leaders of such bodies are genuine in their claims to adhere to the same Faith and Order, sufficiently to seek a relationship of communio in sacris with the Anglican Catholic Church, then the question arises as to why they established separate jurisdictions in the first place, contrary to that Faith and Order. In the absence of any satisfactory response to that question, there is little point in proceeding further. We cannot see any justification for asking our synods to furnish funds, nor our scholars to sacrifice the huge allocations of time and energy required, to establish formal negotiations with any body of demonstrably illicit jurisdiction, congregationalist polity, and/or doubtful Orders and Sacraments.”

    In relations with ACA/TAC (my jurisdiction) this becomes an enormous and unnecessary barrier. ACC has apparently bound itself to a view of history in which it is the true successor to the original ACNA and every other group is seen as having broken from it. Others (such as we are) see things rather differently. I don’t think this is the time or the place to debate these issues and don’t intend to do so, but we tend to ask a similar “why?” question of ACC. These historical matters are simply not as clear-cut as they are made out to be and do not, in themselves provide sufficient excuse for a refusal of formal negotiations. They are, in fact, a large part of what needs to be discussed in a formal and serious manner.

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