Bishop Lopes came all the way from Houston to speak at our 2019 Conference on the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church in Toronto about the mission of the ordinariates ten years on from the promulgation of Anglicanorum Coetibus, and his talk can now be viewed online on both Facebook and YouTube. The bishop, who had joined us for our Solemn Mass and Te Deum in Thanksgiving for Anglicanorum Coetibus the evening before, as well as the reception afterwards, touched on a lot of great topics:
The Anglican patrimony goes beyond just the liturgical, but it is nourished by what we celebrate in the liturgy. What we do as Catholics should have a distinct accent and shape as we live out our faith. And when people aren’t sure who we are or what we’re about, it opens up a conversational space for real evangelization and catechesis.
Our tradition goes back well before the Reformation, and saints like Augustine, Gregory, and Osmund brought about a patrimony that expresses the faith differently from Rome, that is older in some respects than the Tridentine books, and that is rich and only beginning to be explored. Our liturgical patrimony isn’t the entirety of it, but it is the most tangible part and opens up the space for exploring the less tangible elements. The Catholic liturgical principle of seasonality can help accommodate the varying options contained in our missal.
Young people are particularly evangelized by authentic charity, beauty, and intellectual seriousness, in each of which areas the ordinariates are well equipped. Anglo-Catholicism always placed a strong emphasis on direct service to the community. “From the drip of the high candle to the poorest of the poor there’s a direct line.” Our Anglican liturgical patrimony certainly gets high marks in its beauty, which communicates far more than words, in its imagery, its sound, its colour. And with respect to intellectual seriousness, with Newman, the Oxford Movement, and some of our other thinkers, we can certainly hold our own in the intellectual conversation as well.
The bishop spoke highly of the ordinariates’ ability to be a powerful evangelizing force. His full talk is worth a listen:
Thanks to His Grace for this great kick-off to our conference.