Thursday, October 29, 2009

Anglican Angst

The Catholic blogosphere has been abuzz these past two weeks over the Vatican announcement that the Church will establish a new canonical structure for members of the Anglican Communion who become Catholic.

It's a topic filled with spiritual, political and practical questions that I do not have the time to adequately address in this space.

Also, I have a hunch that some of the surrounding issues currently raising much ire may not be those most remembered to history.

I also think that, for the Catholic Church in the United States, the need to accommodate Anglican-Catholics is much less pressing than the need to better minister to the millions of Spanish-speaking Catholics. (I go to a lot of Catholic conferences. FYI, it's not a British accent that I'm hearing.)

But, since our thoughts are on Old England, perhaps a hymn from the realm of Elizabeth II would be in order.

Compliments of Tim, here is "The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended":

The cross above is from here.

1 comment:

Fran said...

I love this post. You have said something important here.

As someone who works in a parish, while we would have liked to have discussed this issue more. As someone who works in a parish office, I can also tell you that we have not had the time given all that we try to accomplish each day.

I actually said this to someone in conversation and I was met with a barb that informed me that "Catholic martyrdom has gone out of style." That hurt. I am not trying to be a martyr, I am just saying that the needs of a parish are pressing and the needs you present are pressing. Many things are pressing and while this matters, it is hardly topic #1.