16 October 2006

Will The Real Anglicans Please Stand Up?

Over on Pontifications, Professor William Tighe has provided a brief "nutshell" taxonomy of Anglican presences in America. Why? - I don't know. But here it is.
Update: according to Mere Comments, Prof. Tighe prepared this at the request of the Vatican and the Archbishop of Newark. One wonders about the significance of these requests. Is the Vatican being proactive about receiving into communion an Anglican body, or (and I think this is more likely) are Catholic officials looking for a little help upon finding themselves inundated with letters and emails from a zillion different "Anglican" prelates with impressive titles (Archbishop of Lodi & Metropolitan of All the Americas!) seeking formal ecumenical dialogue? Anyhow, Professor Tighe's work is a helpful guide to the morass.


Blogger Alan said...

A doubly appropriate graphic!

16 October, 2006 12:58  
Anonymous William Tighe said...

I have no idea what is in the works, if anything; certainly, I have not been informed by the Vatican or Abp. Myers. But I know that one major Continuing Anglican body's bishops have formally sought sacramental union and communion with Rome, either as an "Anglican Catholic Church" (a "uniate" body with its own hierarchy) or as an "Apostolic Administration" -- and that there have been consultations between certain Anglican Communion bishops (stalwart opponents of the ordination of women) associated with the Forward-in-Faith organization and Roman officials and Catholic prelates. It has been intimated to me that certain "proposals" are to be presented to the pope in November that will deal with Rome's "stance" toward catholic-minded groups and organizations within the Anglican Communion, Continuing Anglican churches of a "Catholic" orientation and even catholic-minded Lutheran organizations and bruderschaften in Germany and Scandinavia and an ex-Lutheran body such as the Nordic Catholic Church in Norway; and that since these proposals have been formulated specifically at the pope's behest they have a goiod chance of being implemented.

23 October, 2006 09:43  

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