Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Anglican Patrimony: what is it?
Apart from dressing churches for Harvest Festivals, I am not quite sure what this "patrimony" is. Most "High" Anglicans I know tend to use the modern Roman Missal, nowadays the rubricised Book of Common Prayer Eucharist has virtually disappeared, English Missal parishes are pretty scarce too. If a church is not using our Missal it tends to use the more Catholic options in Common Worship.
The "patrimony" could be seem as a of Anglican plurality, which if catholicised isn't necessarily antipathetic to Pope's Benedict's own understanding of plurality. It could be seen as a certain Oxbridge erudition, yet that seems to be on the wain, some Anglicans can after all be ordained after a two year home study course on inclusively.
It is right those of us who welcome the Ordinariate should emphasise the reason why Anglicans are becoming Catholics is not primarily about women bishops but a realisation that Anglicanism is no longer at one with the Church of the First Millennium. It is perhaps the desire for this that marks out the "Patrimony", together with a desire for union with the Tradition and a certain romanitas mingled with a sense of being natively English.
Any more ideas?
Posted by Fr Ray Blake