Albert Scharbach: Why Some Take the Path From Anglican to Catholic

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The main issue is the fact that the Anglican Church has no consistent doctrinal authority and often acts independently from the historical positions of the universal church. In light of this, the ordination of women and practicing homosexuals is merely symptomatic of much more fundamental problems with Anglican ecclesiology.

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Posted October 31, 2009 at 1:36 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Fr. J. wrote:

Priests like me are not reacting to polemics on the theological spectrum. It is the faith once delivered that we are after, which we pursue as an imperative of conscience.

These which follow the above quoted text is also very important in that one must come into communion with the Catholic Church not for political expedience, nor as some kind of statement, but as a devout act impelled by conscience no matter the personal cost, all the while trusting that Christ himself will bless and smooth the path.  It requires a real religious conversion including what Bernard Lonergan calls “a new knowledge born of love,” an act of the will, a submission of the will, and a radical dependence on God—all of which make it both courageous and rare.

October 31, 7:28 pm | [comment link]
2. The young fogey wrote:

By George he’s got it! That’s why I don’t argue about WO or homosexuality any more. He gets to the bottom of the problem: a different ecclesiology or a fallible church where everything is up for a vote or at the whim of the state and not an infallible church in which defined doctrine is unchangeable precedent.

November 1, 10:45 pm | [comment link]
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