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Classical Anglicanism:  Essays by Fr. Robert Hart

Cogito, Credo, Petam

Colorado Anglican Society

CommonPrayer.org

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The Cure of Souls

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The Evangelical Ascetic

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O cuniculi! Ubi lexicon Latinum posui?

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Reformed Catholicism

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The Ridley Institute

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Texanglican

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The World's Ruined

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To All The World

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The Babylon Bee

Bad Vestments

The Low Churchman's Guide to the Solemn High Mass

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Ponder Anew: Discussions about Worship for Thinking People

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Black-Robed Regiment

Cardinal Charles Chaput Reviews "For Greater Glory" (Cristero War)

Cristero War

Benedict Option

Jim Kalb: How Bad Will Things Get?

Trouble

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Christians in the Roman Army: Countering the Pacifist Narrative

Bernard of Clairvaux and the Knights Templar

Gates of Nineveh

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Jihad Watch

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Restore Nineveh Now - Nineveh Plains Protection Units

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The Muslim Issue

Trouble

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Abbeville Institute Blog

Art of the Rifle

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Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture

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The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity, (Leon Podles' online book)

The Counter-Revolution

Craft Beer

Eclectic Orthodoxy

First Things

The Imaginative Conservative

Joffre the Giant: Excursions in Christian Virility

Katehon

Men of the West

Mercurius Pragmaticus Redivivus

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Mitre and Crown

Monomakhos (Eastern Orthodox; Paleocon)

The Orthosphere

Paterfamilias Daily

Tales of Chivalry

The Midland Agrarian

Those Catholic Men

Tim Holcombe: Anti-State; Pro-Kingdom

Midwest Conservative Journal

Pint, Pipe and Cross Club

The Pipe Smoker

Red River Orthodox

The Salisbury Review

Throne, Altar, Liberty

Throne and Altar

Project Appleseed (Basic Rifle Marksmanship)

Turnabout

What's Wrong With The World: Dispatches From The 10th Crusade

CHRISTIAN MUSIC FOR CHRISTIAN MEN

Numavox Records (Music of Kerry Livgen & Co.)

Wovenhand

WOMEN'S ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD

A Defense of the Doctrine of the Eternal Subordination of the Son  (Yes, this is about women's ordination.)

An (Extended) Short History of the Diaconate

Essays on the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood from the Episcopal Diocese of Ft. Worth

Father is Head at the Table: Male Eucharistic Headship and Primary Spiritual Leadership, Ray Sutton

God, Gender and the Pastoral Office, S.M. Hutchens

God, Sex and Gender, Gavin Ashenden

Homo Hierarchicus and Ecclesial Order, Brian Horne

How Ordaining Women Harms Ministry to Men, C.R. Wiley

Let's Stop Making Women Presbyters, J.I. Packer

Liturgy and Interchangeable Sexes, Peter J. Leithart

Ordaining Women as Deacons: A Reappraisal of the Anglican Mission in America's Policy

Priestesses in Plano, Robert Hart

Priestesses in the Church?, C.S. Lewis

Priesthood and Masculinity, Stephen DeYoung

Reasons for Questioning Women’s Ordination in the Light of Scripture, Rodney Whitacre

Streams of the River: Articles Outlining the Arguments Against the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood

Traditional Anglican Resources

William Witt's Articles on Women's Ordination (Old Jamestown Church archive)

Women Priests?, Eric Mascall

Women and the Priesthood, Catholic Answers

Women Priests: History & Theology, Patrick Reardon

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Monday
Aug132018

Go Ye Light

Wovenhand.  A Christian band for Christian men. Not your standard CCM fare, and thank God for it.  Anglo-Saxon sturm und drang, sung and played to the glory of God.  Read about this guy David Eugene Edwards.  And rock on.



Rattling reed of ruin
Ruinous white light devil on the mountain on every high hill jealous as the grave
The best wine for last was saved, to the rim over brim as the master say
Go
As a fire in my bones, I am worn out to hold it in
I see you hear the rumour as well of the man in the terror fell
Finding grace in the eye
They will sting the eyes of all who see it
For your flashing forth descends as a fire in my bones
Piece together the shards ancient palace and yard
Deepest thought and secret shed the silent sound of battle
Through this passage led winding downcast shadow's bed
Go.  Go ye light.
They will ring the ears of all who hear it
For your flashing forth descends everlasting Spirit as a fire in my bones
Go ye light
Piece together the shards, ancient temple in God
Deepest thought and secret shed the silent sound of battle
Through this passage led o my soul winding downcast shadow's bed
Go ye light

Tuesday
Aug072018

Attracting Youth in the Continuing Anglican Churches

From Robert Todd Giffin, Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of Mid-America, Anglican Province of America:

Attracting Youth in the Continuing Anglican Churches

As a “youngish” Bishop in the Continuum (Anglican Province of America) at a sprightly 47 years of age, I have often pondered why I, at a much younger age, was attracted to the prayer book and the Elizabethan language and cadence found within its pages.

Often times, those of us outside of the Episcopal Church or the ACNA find ourselves constantly on the defense, answering questions as to why we are so “stuck in our ways”, “rigid”, and “uncompromising”. The list goes on and on, with many amongst us having to explain what we oppose rather than what we are attempting to proclaim! Having been baptized in the Episcopal Church, confirmed in the Episcopal Church, attended and graduated from one of its seminaries, and then served as a priest in the Episcopal Church, I am quite familiar with its particulars in every way.

I will never forget a middle aged woman visitor at Nashotah House asking me at a dinner, “So, exactly what are you continuing?”. She was extremely perplexed that I would advance the notion that the Episcopal Church was not for everyone and for all times. However, it was, in fact, a good question!

Well, for many, there is a sense that the Church is attempting to be too rational in the modern world. Many are sick of being the object of marketing campaigns. Therefore, church services that are obviously staged to be “attractive to young people,” can look silly or even offensive. Moreover, pop culture changes so quickly, that a church may be years or decades behind the times even as it tries to be cutting edge. A service that has its roots in tradition can be refreshing in comparison.

Many people desire to know God in a way that transcends an intellectual profession of faith. When young inquirers look at the lives of the saints, they see that that is possible. Most are done with fundamentalism (of liberal or conservative stripes) and want a faith that applies to real life. How can traditional Anglicanism provide this kind of faith when it looks, feels, and sounds so old?

It is precisely the repetition, the postures, the discipline and language that allows us to leave the world and enter into a different realm. A way of approaching God that is not in the common parlance or expressions, but one that has proven itself through generations of professing Christians and seekers of the authentic Jesus and the authentic early western Church.

I am reminded of a scene from the movie Emperor’s Club.

William Hundert: Excuse me?

Louis Masoudi: Huh? What me?

William Hundert: Yes, sir. What is your name?

Louis Masoudi: Uh, Louis.

William Hundert: Just Louis?

Louis Masoudi: Louis Masoudi, sir.

William Hundert: Mr. Masoudi, could you define the word "path" for me?

Louis Masoudi: Well, there are several definitions, I suppose.

William Hundert: Would "a route along which someone or something moves" be among them?

Louis Masoudi: Yeah. Oh, yeah. No. Yeah. I'm s-sorry, sir.

William Hundert: Follow the path, Mr. Masoudi. Walk where the great men before you have walked.

Louis Masoudi: Yes, sir. It's, uh - It's better for the grass.

William Hundert: It's better for you.
Indeed. Walking along the pathway of those before us IS better for us.


+RTG

Tuesday
Jul242018

Musings

In the 19th century, when the traditionalist likes of John Henry Newman and Gilbert Keith Chesterton left the Church of England for the Church of Rome, the latter was then truly a haven for Catholic tradtionalists, because all Roman Catholics were Catholic traditionalists.  There was then a certain logic for Tractarians in crossing the Tiber, though not necessarily a compelling logic, which is why most of the Tractarians stayed put and why most Anglo-Catholics since then have stayed put.

I wonder what Newman and Chesterton would have done, however, had they been able to foresee the current Episcopalianization and homosexualization of the Church of Rome, and had they been able to foresee that even a modern Pope would begin to argue that because of such things a smaller and purer church was probably in the offing, a sentiment seemingly echoed by one Fr. Dwight Longenecker:

In my opinion, the death of cultural Catholicism can’t come too soon.

From it will emerge not only a smaller and more vibrant church, but also a church that is truly multi racial and multi national…and surely that’s an important part of what it means to be Catholic.

As Fr. R.R. Tarsitano recently argued here, Continuing Anglicanism, which he has interestingly dubbed the "Continuing Anglican Communion" since it appears the old divisions are healing and the Continuum is finally coming together, provides one genuinely Catholic option for traditionalists, including those traditional Roman Catholics who find themselves increasingly marginalized.

For conservative Roman Catholics, the confidence of the John Paul II and Benedict XVI pontificates has been replaced with a growing sense of uneasiness at the power invested in the modern papacy. In both groups, compromised leaders are finding that earthly power comes through progressivism, and whether one wants to somehow hold lightning in a bottle or build temples to Jove, these two forms of polity—one whose hierarchy is based upon status and success (Evangelicalism) and the other on the longevity of an office (Roman Catholicism)—will have leaders who seek greater and greater conformity to the sources of earthly power. Conservatives will be in their way, and they will need to be crushed, sacrificed on the altars of progress. . . .

For Roman Catholics, while traditionalists fight a rearguard action, the hierarchy of their church is quickly being replaced by bishops and cardinals loyal to the progressive vision of Francis I. This story will end in tears. There are two paths to follow, become the chaplaincy of the dying world or joyously receive its rebuke and disdain in the name of Christ. The Continuing Anglican Communion is the space in which men and women of faith can take up their cross and die. Join us. . . .

The Continuing Anglican Communion is small, and we are belittled by our neighbors and enemies who have imbibed the metrics of McDonald’s to determine the work of the Holy Spirit. We are small, but we are growing as an international communion that maintains the medium and message we have been tasked with safeguarding. Our smaller size frees us of the crushing institutional weight which hamstrings the radical conservation our world desperately needs. Further, our catholic bishops are doctrinally and sacramentally linked with the twelve chosen by Christ, and we are the blessed recipients of a reformation spirit that focuses our piety in Word and Sacrament. I am a priest in the Anglican Catholic Church, and I am happy to report that traditional Anglicans are coalescing to stand firm on the Catholic Christian foundation that survived the fall of Rome, the Black Death, and two world wars. Four of the largest continuing jurisdictions are now in full communion and are preparing for organic unity within the next two years. Churches are banding together to build schools and form alternative communities to protect and promote the next generation of saints. . . .

Beyond traditional Anglicans, here in the Continuing Anglican Communion, there is a home for all Christians who want a church devoted to saying, “Enough, we will stand against the tide—especially if it kills us.” A church attempting to recapture the comprehensive catholicity of the first 1500 years of the faith. To my Evangelical brethren, I say here is place in which a reformed catholic is protected, where he knows the rules will be cherished and followed. To my Roman Catholic brethren, unhitch yourself from the papal experiment before it is too late. To all, rather than spending your time trying to evangelize the members of your elder boards and presbyteries and bishops’ conferences, why not join a church that is outward focused because it knows what it believes and why? Why not trust in a tradition that has actually survived the worst the world can throw at it? I realize this call is asking clergy and their families to make financial sacrifices, and I know some among the laity will be forced to lose prestige and the comfort of the crowd, but for those who are called to this path of righteousness—this way of the cross—please contact me, and let us continue the fight together.

These are inspiring words, and ones that make me feel proud to be working as a priest in this corner of the Lord's vineyard (the Orthodox Anglican Church) and in this branch of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.  I think Newman and Chesterton, if they're looking down from heaven, find themselves in agreement with Pope Benedict XVI and Fr. Longenecker, and even with Fr. Tarsitano.  

UPDATE: There Is No ‘Biological Solution’ to the Catholic Church’s Spiritual Crisis.

Tuesday
Jul172018

Convert Orthodoxy as Media Echo Chamber

Article posted today  at The Continnum, penned by Christopher Cox, who is currently in a discernment process re: Holy Orders in the APCK.  Mr. Cox's analysis of the relationship between "Convert Orthodoxy" and today's dumbed-down mass media is most insightful.  His comments on the Orthodox Western Rite, which mirror some things I've posted here about it, are particularly important for Contining Anglicans.  Kudos, Mr. Cox, and may Our Lord bless you as you seek to discern His will.

Friday
Jul062018

The Continuing Anglican Communion: A Call to Arms

A hard-hitting, clarion call to orthodox Anglicanism from The Revd R.R. Tarsitano writing at The North American Anglican.  This is a must read.  An excerpt:

The churches which will survive this storm are those bodies who have access to a radical and conservative Christianity which sees the forces of modernity as soul-deadening enemies with whom no truce can be wrought. Unfortunately, for Evangelicals, the goal of cleansing their churches of what they deem “Romish practices” has created a vacuum in which Woodstock and Oprah have crept in to write their liturgies—theology is following. One need simply listen to the average Baptist’s extemporaneous prayer to hear more Dr. Phil than Edwards or Spurgeon.   For Roman Catholics, while traditionalists fight a rearguard action, the hierarchy of their church is quickly being replaced by bishops and cardinals loyal to the progressive vision of Francis I. This story will end in tears. There are two paths to follow, become the chaplaincy of the dying world or joyously receive its rebuke and disdain in the name of Christ. The Continuing Anglican Communion is the space in which men and women of faith can take up their cross and die. Join us.

Those familiar with the work of writer John O’Sullivan will know his famous “O’Sullivan Rule,” which simply states that any organization that is not essentially and doctrinally conservative will eventually become liberal. This rule explains why organizations like the Boy Scouts of America and the American Association of Retired People are becoming more and more politically progressive. Unfortunately, the same holds true for the all too human organizations we call churches. All Christian churches should be fundamentally conservative because the Bible expressly claims that the greatest revelatory moment in human history happened 2,000 years ago—we are a people always looking to the past to understand the present and the future (basically the definition of a good conservative); however, in this present age—an age in which all new things are deemed good or useful—a church must be radically committed to the conservation of the apostolic deposit or it will trade it away to be last on the firing line. A church is either progressing or conserving, there is no neutrality in the 21st-century war between evil and good.

The Continuing Anglican Communion is small, and we are belittled by our neighbors and enemies who have imbibed the metrics of McDonald’s to determine the work of the Holy Spirit. We are small, but we are growing as an international communion that maintains the medium and message we have been tasked with safeguarding. Our smaller size frees us of the crushing institutional weight which hamstrings the radical conservation our world desperately needs. Further, our catholic bishops are doctrinally and sacramentally linked with the twelve chosen by Christ, and we are the blessed recipients of a reformation spirit that focuses our piety in Word and Sacrament. I am a priest in the Anglican Catholic Church, and I am happy to report that traditional Anglicans are coalescing to stand firm on the Catholic Christian foundation that survived the fall of Rome, the Black Death, and two world wars. Four of the largest continuing jurisdictions are now in full communion and are preparing for organic unity within the next two years. Churches are banding together to build schools and form alternative communities to protect and promote the next generation of saints.

At this exciting time, I ask my fellow Christian brothers to consider joining us in the fight. I do not care where you come from; I do not care if we were enemies in the past. First, traditional Anglicans, evangelical and anglo-catholic alike, must band together to stand firm against our common enemy. To my evangelical Anglican brethren, you will find that there are “high churchmen” in the Continuum, but these are men who care scrupulously about serving as a living link back to the apostles; men who believe that rules matter. Are you not better off with a brother who prefers Tract 90 and the first prayerbook of Edward VI than you are with a Montanist or progressive moved by the spirit of the age? Why not band together with reformed catholic Christians who truly value the Word? To my anglo-catholic brothers, the progressive Christians in Canterbury and Rome (and other American Anglican bodies) are simply waiting for you to die off so they can build one more temple dedicated to suburban Christianity-lite. Why stay with people who have such disdain for what you hold dear? Why not band together with catholic Christians who truly value the Eucharist?

Beyond traditional Anglicans, here in the Continuing Anglican Communion, there is a home for all Christians who want a church devoted to saying, “Enough, we will stand against the tide—especially if it kills us.” A church attempting to recapture the comprehensive catholicity of the first 1500 years of the faith. To my Evangelical brethren, I say here is place in which a reformed catholic is protected, where he knows the rules will be cherished and followed. To my Roman Catholic brethren, unhitch yourself from the papal experiment before it is too late. To all, rather than spending your time trying to evangelize the members of your elder boards and presbyteries and bishops’ conferences, why not join a church that is outward focused because it knows what it believes and why? Why not trust in a tradition that has actually survived the worst the world can throw at it? I realize this call is asking clergy and their families to make financial sacrifices, and I know some among the laity will be forced to lose prestige and the comfort of the crowd, but for those who are called to this path of righteousness—this way of the cross—please contact me, and let us continue the fight together.

Fr. Tarstitano's challenge to Roman Catholics might be considered brash and laughable, as it emanates from a newbie mouse presuming to speak truth to an ancient behemoth.  But newbie the Orthodox Anglican faith ain't, and I think his prediction that the "papal experiment" will "end in tears" will ultimately come true.  Consider this from Road Dreher:  The Queering of the Catholic Church.  And if the Eastern Orthodox think they are exempt, well, they should consider the serpents that have slithered under their door:  Three Trojan Horses: Insider Attempts to Disorient the Orthodox; Metropolitan Kallistos and The Wheel.

Smaller and purer, as Benedict XVI put it.  That's what the Contining Anglican Communion is.  No more "the Church of here comes everybody."

Friday
Jul062018

Christian Men and Beards

"The beard signifies the courageous … the earnest, the active, the vigorous. So that when we describe such, we say, he is a bearded man.” —

Glad our presiding bishop of The Orthodox Anglican Church, Thomas E. Gordon, encourages his clergy to have beards.  

Saturday
Jun302018

Embryo Parson No More

On Friday, June 22, 2018, I was ordained a priest in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church by The Most Revd Thomas E. Gordon, Presiding Bishop, Orthodox Anglican Church – North America and Metropolitan Archbishop of the Orthodox Anglican Communion. I have but one, single, heartfelt prayer request: would you just pray that God will make me a good priest? Thanks.

Naturally I'll be revising some things here, and stay tuned for posts about the Anglican Communion, Continuing Anglicanism and related subjects.

Tuesday
May292018

Ouch

"Here are a few of the brutal realities that Protestants have to assimilate into their worldview in order to move past a failing false dichotomy between Scripture and Tradition..." - The Rev. Dr. Will Boyd

Sola Scriptura and a False View of Scriptural Formation and Reception.

 

Tuesday
May292018

Does the Orthodox Church Have Saving Grace from an Anglican Perspective? 

From Fr. W. Joseph Boyd.  Don't let the title fool you.  An interesting take on why the Branch Theory Fact is true, regardless of what the Orthodox and Roman Catholics say.  From the article:

As an Anglican, I can sincerely state my admiration for Eastern Orthodoxy and my confidence in the apostolic, catholic and truly doctrinally orthodox nature of its positions and its effective and valid sacraments. It was mainly through the Orthodox witness that the Anglicans rediscovered the ancient fathers and re-appropriated an apostolic independence from the Pope as a prerogative of the local catholic church. In this way we are indebted to Orthodoxy. The only thing we deny to the Orthodox, as the Orthodox would deny to the Pope, is control over God's grace by later political or canonical mechanisms. Apostolicity and ordination confer the Grace upon which councils are based, not the councils providing Grace upon which bishops are made. The Seven Ecumenical Councils state the mind of the Church in the conditions and contexts of the day and must be interpreted within them. They are extremely valuable as standards of Church life and administration, but are not "infallible" without this contextualization or equal in importance to Scripture, which reveals the source of all church authority. Therefore, we must contend that there is Apostolic Grace, true episcopacy and effective sacraments that are not defined by the Byzantine Communion. While the Orthodox hold "fullness of Grace", they do not limit grace or define its borders. We believe that we, too, are a local expression of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. This is what Anglicans believe and see as biblical and self-evident, but what Orthodox fundamentalists can never accept, because they apply St. Cyprian's maxim "there is no salvation outside of the Church" not to the local catholic, apostolic, sacramental Church, but to the Orthodox Communion as an institution. We would argue that in St. Cyprian's time, such an institution did not exist and what he meant was the Apostolic Succession of the local catholic church and faithfulness to the Nicene Faith. Thus, our interpretive grid would be different, and our conclusions opposed, which is truly unfortunate, since we share the same faith in Christ as our Lord and Savior.

Saturday
May262018

"Church of England. Why do you ask?"

Monday
May212018

Fr. Andrew Gross on PB Curry's Wedding Message

To my evangelical friends who were excited about Michael Curry's sermon at the royal wedding, let me share a personal word of caution. You may not know much about him, but the man chosen to preach on marriage, has been enthusiastic about redefining it.

The guy who talked about "love" from that English pulpit is currently litigating Christians with whom he disagrees.

The guy who talks about the "Jesus movement" took the church buildings and defrocked those who stood up for the Gospel.

I wouldn't expect you to know all this. You saw a charismatic delivery in an English cathedral and you thought it was cool; a sign of progress and multi-culturalism in a global age.

You were being played.

Without knowing it, you were a pawn in Anglican Communion politics. Poor Harry and Meghan didn't know either. It was their pastor's idea, and they trusted his judgement. We live in an age in desperate need of godly shepherds. Canterbury's hired hands have instead made it their task to normalize false teaching in the global church. The royal wedding was a golden opportunity for them, and your excitement about the preacher achieved their intended affect.

The content of the sermon itself I'll leave to others. When words are separated from shared definitions the resulting debate is of limited value. You can argue that the sermon was good or that it was bad. That's fine, but it misses the point completely. Even Arius didn't deny the divinity of Christ in every sermon.

The reaction to a false teacher being given the platform at the royal wedding was a spiritual temperature gauge. The results show that alot of the western church is running a dangerous fever.

Western cultural elites are seeking to completely redefine marriage, gender, and faith. Those spearheading these innovations are not yet so secular that they can do without their own prophets. They are glad to have found Michael Curry. He is, after all, quite charismatic.

I know you didn't know. I wouldn't have expected you to understand the ins and outs of the Anglican Communion. But now you do.

Feel free to share this with your friends and pastor.

Saturday
May192018

Bishop Gavin Ashenden on PB Curry's Wedding Message

Don't neglect to read the whole thing.  It's a real humdinger.  Representative quotations:

"And then he moved into the political as all progressives do. I suspect it is because they have little experience of the metaphysical, and a simple and immediate way round that is to harness the political to both prove something happens when you get God, and to find a way of making a difference in a way that people might buy into, because we are all so tired of pain and injustice.

And this is the hope that alw...ays lets us down. It is the Hebrew prophets who give fire and articulation to this hope. But they see God as delivering political and personal transformation at the end of time; only then will the lion lie down with the lamb; only then will the tears be wiped away from our eyes, and by God himself, not by the army of emoting counsellors of the progressive utopia. . . .

There are two kinds of Anglicanism practised in the world today. One that contains the cross and repentance and touches and transforms sexual desire, and one that doesn’t.

People who don’t intend to change their ways prefer the one that doesn’t.

That was the one that Bishop Curry offered them. And it went down a storm because bishop Curry is a great preacher. And it will change nothing; because it wasn’t Christianity. It was ‘Christianity-lite’." - Bishop Gavin Ashenden, former Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen

Michael Curry & the Royal Wedding. A star-turn offers the world ‘Christianity-lite’.

Monday
May142018

Priesthood and Masculinity

Great article by an Orthodox priest as to why only males may be admitted to Holy Orders.

Friday
May112018

Lamenting the Fall of "Anglicanism"

Peter Hitchens on the (supposed) disapperance of Anglicanism. Long but well worth the read. (True, many if not most of us "now brandish thuribles and don chasubles", but this is a good thing. It's also true that many of us are "much more Catholic than the present pope." ;) You see, one of the things Hitchens neglects to mention is that belief in and recitation of the Nicene Creed is obligatory for Anglicans, and in that Creed we find no reference whatsoever to belief in a Protestant church, but to belief in the "One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church", the Church in which the Framers of the Creed believed. Certain things follow from that, one of which is that whatever reforms we adopt MUST conform to the mind of that Church.)

Monday
Apr302018

Anglicanism Didn't Begin With Henry

Or with Cranmer.  Or with the Elizabethan Settlement.  Enough already from the apologists for Roman Catholicism, Orthodoxy and "Anglicanism-As-Established".

"This combination of characteristics, collectively known as what Thornton calls “English spirituality,” was developing in the English isles centuries before the Reformation. When we are challenged by the notion of Anglicanism being a relatively recent phenomenon, occasioned by a crazy king, we need to remind ourselves that this beautiful Anglican way of adoration began long before the sixteenth century."

What he said.

Thursday
Apr122018

Puritan

And yet Anglo-Calvinists tend to get their knickers in a twist when I refer to them as "Neo-Puritans."  See the combox discussion here. :)

 

PURITAN | Announcement Teaser from Stephen McCaskell on Vimeo.

Monday
Apr092018

And Now, The Orthodox Church

"Holy" Saturday.

Tonight I penned this message to a left-leaning GOARCH priest I know, who, if it weren't for his leftward leanings, I would have nothing but total, unqualified respect.  Alas:

No one does this in the Anglican Continuum. No one. No one rides a scooter throwing Basil leaves on Holy Saturday. No priest rides a hoverboard. No one attaches a Monstrance to a drone and flies it down the Nave to the priest. None of us are Paper Machet Puppets of Doom proceeding into the church with "liturgical dancers"

No one agitates for abortion rights. No one agitates for women's ordination. There is no counterpart of "Axios."

We Continuing Anglicans, few though we be, ACTUALLY DO what the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church did, and don't do what it didn't do.

Do you see why I left?

Sunday
Apr012018

Christian Europe Lives

Sunday
Apr012018

Christ Is Risen!!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
O sons and daughters, let us sing!
The King of heaven, the glorious King,...
O'er death and hell rose triumphing.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

That Easter morn, at break of day,
The faithful women went their way
To seek the tomb where Jesus lay:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

An angel clad in white they see,
Who sat and spake unto the three,
"Your Lord doth go to Galilee."
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

That night the apostles met in fear;
Amidst them came their Lord most dear,
and said, "My peace be on all here."
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

On this most holy day of days,
Our hearts and voices, Lord we raise, (?)
In joy and jubilee and praise.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Sunday
Apr012018

Christ Is Risen!!

Victimae paschali laudes
immolent Christiani....

Mors et vita duello
conflixere mirando:
dux vitae mortuus,
regnat vivus.

Dic nobis Maria,
quid vidisti in via?

Sepulcrum Christi viventis,
et gloriam vidi resurgentis:

Angelicos testes,
sudarium, et vestes.

Surrexit Christus spes mea:
praecedet suos in Galilaeam.

Scimus Christum surrexisse
a mortuis vere:
tu nobis, victor Rex, miserere.
Amen. Alleluia.

Let Christians offer sacrificial
praises to the passover victim.

Death and life contended
in a spectacular battle:
the Prince of life, who died,
reigns alive.

Tell us, Mary, what did
you see on the road?

"I saw the tomb of the living Christ
and the glory of his rising,

The angelic witnesses, the
clothes and the shroud."

"Christ my hope is arisen;
into Galilee, he will go before his own."

We know Christ is truly risen from the dead!
To us, victorious King, have mercy!
Amen. Alleluia.