Fr. Hunwicke didn’t get invited to speak at the Anglican Patrimony Conference at Oxford and he’s striking back on his blog by sharing what he would have written about had he been there.
The fact that [Newman] had been converted to Catholicism by Oxford and the study of the Church Fathers, not by any personal friendship with Roman Catholics, meant that everything he wrote and said sounded almost Anglican.
That’s the Patrimony: Anglican tone. Including, of course, Newman’s old Anglican gifts of Irony, Satire, and especially, above all, and pretty well daily, the Argumentum ad hominem. And an adherence to Blessed John Henry’s belief in the iniquities of Liberalism and of Ultrahyperueberpapalism. And his emphasis on getting one’s guidance from the Fathers. And doing one’s humble best to write decent English. That’s what I would have concentrated upon if I had been asked to read a paper at last week’s Staggers Conference on The Patrimony. (I hope it went well without me.)
I am very much tempted to think that Ordinariate members should see themselves, not as “former Anglicans”, but as “Anglicans”, yet more proudly qualifying that already proud term by the phrase “in full communion with the Holy See”.
I gather Melkites rather like calling themselves “Orthodox in communion with Rome”.
United but not absorbed … coat of many colours … multiple lungs …