To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. And the time for polemics and attacks against the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, the Holy Father and Holy Church, and our Catholic and Apostolic Faith are long over here on The Anglo-Catholic.
Those who will comprise the first waves of converts into the Anglican Ordinariates, often only with much prayer and having completed a lengthy process of discernment, have already made their commitments. Others have refused the offer of our Holy Father, the Pope — at least for now (and all ought to remember that Anglicanorum coetibus does not have an expiry date!).
As the last few posts have reminded us, this is a time of solemn and prayerful preparation for the day (Lord, may it be soon!) when all who wish to join these new structures and continue the true Catholic heritage of the Anglican experience may do so, and thus being strengthened by their brethren in the heart of the Catholic Church, recommit themselves entirely, without fear or distraction, to the advancement of the Reign of Christ the King.
The Anglo-Catholic exists for the building-up of the Body of Christ in advocating the reintroduction of those Catholic traditions lost to the Church due to a most grievous act of state nearly five centuries ago, and those peculiarly Anglican customs, in accord with the Faith, which have developed since, during our unfortunate Exile. It exists to disseminate information for the Christian faithful. It is a place for confirming the brethren, a home for Catholic Anglicans who often feel disconnected, left out, or left behind.
That is not to say that there is not room for passionate debate now and again. But all discussions will be conducted in a spirit of Christian charity and with an understanding of the culture and faith of this forum as I have outlined above. Come here to learn. Come here to share. Perhaps you can just accompany us on our journey home. But do not think to come sowing doubt or discord.
If you are a Christian who prefers to style himself a "Continuing Anglican" or a "committed" and "Affirming" member of the Church of England, kindly keep your sentiments about the evils of popery to yourself. If you have nothing good to say about the New Order of Mass, even if some of your criticisms may very well be valid, remember what your mother taught you. If you feel the need to perpetuate the "spirit" of Vatican II and Assisi, I am certain that you can find a local Catholic "community" where you will feel right at home. If you deign to impugn those traditional Catholics who have borne the burden and the heat of the day, often on the margins of the Church, whose prayers and witness have resulted in Summorum Pontificum and the slow return to Tradition, you will simply be banned.
And, having been banned for any grave offense (Yes Herb, this means you!), should you wish to return to our fellowship, simply write the Moderator and ask to be readmitted. Do not merely change your screen name or email address in an attempt to deceive. God sees all things, but sophisticated software gives great insight to the blog operators as well.
Let us pray among ourselves.
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