beliefs were "not in keeping with the faith?"After all, while there has never been an infallible papal pronouncement to which I could not give my wholehearted assent, I otherwise do adamantly disagreewith many hierarchical positions such as regarding a married priesthood, women priests, obligatory confession, eucharistic sharing, divorce andremarriage, artificial contraception, various so-called grave & intrinsic moral disorders of human sexuality or any indubitable and a priori definitionsemployed vis a vis human personhood and theological anthropology.
At times, I truly have wondered if I belonged to Rome or Canterbury, and I suspect many of you have, too, and, perhaps, still do? My short answer is: You'realready home; take a look around ...
In other words, for example, take a look, below, at some excerpts from the September 2007 report of the International Anglican - Roman CatholicCommission for Unity and Mission: Growing Together in Unity and Mission: Building on 40 years of Anglican - Roman Catholic Dialogue.
Does anyone see any differences in essential dogma? Are some of you not rather surprised at the extent of agreement, especially given the nature ofsame?
Are our differences not rather located in such accidentals as matters of church discipline or in such moral teachings where Catholics can exerciselegitimate choices in their moral decision-making? (To be sure, therehas been a creeping infallibility in such differences but there have never been infallible pronouncements regarding same.)
"As we shall see, reputable theologians defend positions on moral issues contrary to the official teaching of the Roman magisterium. If Catholics have theright to follow such options, they must have the right to know that the options exist. It is wrong to attempt to conceal such knowledge from Catholics. It iswrong to present the official teachings, in Rahner's words, as though there were no doubt whatever about their definitive correctnessand as though further discussion about the matter by Catholic theologians would be inappropriate....To deprive Catholics of the knowledge of legitimatechoices in their moral decision-making, to insist that moral issues are closed when actually they are still open, is itself immoral." See:
Probabilism: TheRight to Know of Moral Options
, which is the third chapter of __Why You Can Disagree and Remain a Faithful Catholic__ and available online athttp://www.saintjohnsabbey.org/kaufman/chapter3.html
For those who have neither the time nor inclination for a long post, you can safely consider the above as an executive summary. My conclusion is that webelong neither to Rome nor Canterbury, but to the Perfector and Finisher of our faith. And I'm going to submit toever-ongoing finishing by blooming where I was planted among my family, friends and co-religionists, enjoying the very special communion between ourAnglican, Roman and Orthodox traditions, the special fellowship of all my Christian sisters and brothers, and the general fellowship of all persons ofgoodwill.
I gathered these excerpts together to highlight and summarize the report but recognize these affirmations should not be taken out of context. So, I made thisurl where the entire document can be accessed: http://tinyurl.com/35p69hto foster the wide study of these agreed statements.Below is my heavily redacted summary.
In reflecting on our faith together it is vital that all bishops ensure that the Agreed Statements of ARCIC are widely studied in both Communions.
The constitutive elements of ecclesial communion include: one faith, one baptism, the one Eucharist, acceptance of basic moral values, a ministry ofoversight entrusted to the episcopate with collegial and primatial dimensions, and the episcopal ministry of a universal primate as the visible focus of unity.
God desires the visible unity of all Christian people and that such unity is itself part of our witness.Through this theological dialogue over forty years Anglicans and Roman Catholics have grown closer together and have come to see that what they hold incommon is far greater than those things in which they differ.
In liturgical celebrations, we regularly make the same trinitarian profession of faith in the form of the Apostles
Creed or the Nicene-ConstantinopolitanCreed.
In approaching Scripture, the Christian faithful draw upon the rich diversity of methods of reading and interpretation used throughout the Church
s history(e.g. historical-critical, exegetical, typological, spiritual, sociological, canonical). These methods, which all havevalue, have been developed in many different contexts of the Church
s life, which need to be recalled and respected.
The Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church recognise the baptism each confers.
Anglicans and Catholics agree that the full participation in the Eucharist, together with Baptism and Confirmation, completes the sacramental process ofChristian initiation.
We agree that the Eucharist is the memorial (anamnesis) of the crucified and risen Christ, of the entire work of reconciliation God has accomplished in him.
Anglicans and Catholics believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
While Christ is present and active in a variety of ways in the entire eucharistic celebration, so that his presence is not limited to the consecrated elements,the bread and wine are not empty signs: Christ
s body and blood become really present and are really given in theseelements.
We agree that the Eucharist is the
meal of the Kingdom
, in which the Church gives thanks for all the signs of the coming Kingdom.
We agree that those who are ordained have responsibility for the ministry of Word and Sacrament.
Roman Catholics and Anglicans share this agreement concerning the ministry of the whole people of God, the distinctive ministry of the ordained, thethreefold ordering of the ministry, its apostolic origins, character and succession, and the ministry of oversight.
Anglicans and Roman Catholics agree that councils can be recognised as authoritative when they express the common faith and mind of the Church,consonant with Scripture and the Apostolic Tradition.