David Warren on Anglo-Catholicism for Real

David Warren, a well-known Toronto-based writer, columnist, and former editor of The Idler, was the second speaker at our Anglican Tradition Conference this past November. We will be publishing a full version of this talk in our journal in due course, but his remarks on the day – full of his typical erudition and humour – can be viewed in full on Facebook and on YouTube now.

DSC_6067-sHe talked about his conversion experience, both to Christian faith and then to the full Catholic form thereof (“The Catholic religion is the Christian religion par excellence”), and the role that Anglicanism played in that experience.

He talked about smells and bells and the marks of Anglicanism that drew one into the faith, including “formality, dignity, reverence, manners, dress, comportment, modesty, custom, courtesy, propriety, decorum, form, taste, decency, reason, logic,” and so on.

It was ironic that the Anglican church claimed to be Catholic at a time when many Catholic priests he came across avoided proclaiming their Catholicism, almost as if they were embarrassed by it.

“All Christians share, not only Anglicans, this sense of homecoming associated with the Church, and indeed the Anglican ordinariate has a great deal to do with coming home.”

DSC_6068-sHe spoke of Sir Thomas More – whom we ought to consider a great patron of the ordinariate – and other luminaries of the Anglican church, including Lancelot Andrewes, Richard Hooker, Austin Farrer, and Eric Mascall. What they all had in common – and what made them so Anglican – was reverting to Roman teaching.

The ordinariates do of course make the liturgy “understanded of the people”, and we must share our mass in its more ecclesial English.

But the Anglican ordinariate is about more than just making the mass available in a Church English; it is about re-assimilating into Catholicism a marvellous, broad, Catholic tradition that goes back before Thomas More, which goes back to the 12th century and earlier, back to the arrival of the Normans, and even to before them.

“If the Anglican ordinariate fulfills its vocation within the Church… it will do something glorious.”

People speaking the English language are now leading the movement in the Catholic Church back to Catholicism, and the ordinariates can now develop an authority, and recover the marvellous qualities of the old Anglican ministries and the old Anglican services.

David Warren’s talk was entertaining, informative, and most appreciated, and we’re delighted to share this with a wider audience. His lengthier article on which this talk was based will be published in an upcoming issue of our journal, but for now we are pleased to present this video of his talk.

Bishop Lopes at our Toronto conference

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:

Screenshot (262)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.

Screenshot (200)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.

Papal Nuncio greets Anglican Tradition Conference on behalf of Pope Francis

Attendees of the AC Society’s 2019 Conference on the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church received programme booklets for the conference that included not just the conference schedule, the liturgical orders of service, and bio material on speakers, musicians, and special guests, but also letters of blessing and welcome from Bishop Lopes our ordinary, and Cardinal Collins in whose Cathedral we celebrated our liturgies. But we were particularly honoured to receive a letter of greeting from the Papal Nuncio to Canada, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, on behalf of His Holiness Pope Francis:

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His Excellency’s letter is a most generous affirmation of Anglicanorum Coetibus and our conference in thanksgiving for its tenth anniversary. Saying Pope Benedict’s creation of the ordinariates showed “his pastoral heart as a father” for the Church and for Anglicans approaching full communion, the Nuncio spoke very touchingly about our community and imparted to us the Apostolic Blessing of Pope Francis. Read the whole letter!

Cardinal Collins gave warm welcome to Anglican Tradition Conference

Attendees of the Toronto Conference on the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church, November 15–16, were warmly welcomed by Cardinal Collins, in whose cathedral we celebrated our main liturgical services.

In addition to letters of greeting from Bishop Steven Lopes and the Papal Nuncio to Canada, Cardinal Collins sent us a generous letter for our conference programme. His Eminence cited Anglicanorum Coetibus, noting that as the Anglican approaches to the Holy See had been motivated by the Holy Spirit, “This is why it is most fitting that your thanksgiving on this occasion will begin with a votive mass of the Holy Ghost, celebrated in St Michael’s Cathedral….”

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The Cardinal spoke of Anglicanorum Coetibus as a “prophetic gesture,” and said “The development, under both St John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, of an Anglican form of Catholic liturgy within the Latin Church has been truly historic… Catholics of the Anglican tradition are living examples of unity in diversity. The tradition and common identity of the ordinariates, being shared with a community outside full communion, is thus an open door for them to the fullness of the Catholic faith.”

We owe Cardinal Collins our tremendous gratitude for having hosted us and for having so warmly welcomed everyone to his Cathedral for our 2019 Anglican Tradition Conference. After the mass, the AC Society presented His Eminence with a gift to thank him for his role in helping to establish the ordinariate in Canada almost a decade ago. Read his whole letter!

Anglican Tradition Conference a big success

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The AC Society’s 2019 Conference on the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church, held last weekend in Toronto, was a big success, and attendees — having come from as far away as Texas, California, British Columbia, and many other places in between — report having come away edified and excited about the future of our Anglican Catholic tradition and community.

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Conference schedule released

With only a few days left before the 2019 Anglican Tradition Conference begins, the schedule of talks and liturgical services has been released by the Society. Beginning with Solemn Mass on Friday evening, the conference will appropriately begin with the “source and summit” of the Christian life. Preceded by prelude music, including works by Victoria, Wesley, Willan, and Tallis, the mass will conclude with a Solemn Te Deum in thanksgiving for the tenth anniversary of Anglicanorum Coetibus.

AUC 2019 schedAfter mass there will be a reception with Cardinal Collins, an opportunity for the AC Society to thank His Eminence for his service as the Holy See’s liaison ten years ago in helping to gather Canadian Anglican groups interested in forming the ordinariate in the Dominion of Canada, the groups that now constitute the Deanery of Saint John the Baptist.

On Saturday, the liturgical highlights will be Choral Mattins, and Evensong & Benediction. There will also be remarks from Bishop Lopes, David Warren, Fr Jack Barker, and Fr Derek Cross, as well as coffee breaks, time for socializing, a lunch, and another reception. The day will conclude with conference participants retiring to a nearby pub for dinner and fellowship.

On Sunday, all those who do not have to rush back to their home cities have been welcomed to join Toronto’s ordinariate community at St Thomas More’s for our regular Sunday mass.

Registrations are still being accepted at anglicantradition2019.eventbrite.com. We hope to see you there!

Bishop Lopes sends his blessing to upcoming conference

letterWe are one week out from the upcoming Conference on the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church, and conference organizers have received a gracious letter of welcome and blessing from Bishop Steven Lopes.

The upcoming ninth conference of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society, to be held in thanksgiving principally for the tenth anniversary of Anglicanorum Coetibus, but also for the fortieth anniversary this coming year of St John Paul II’s Pastoral Provision, is being held in Toronto on Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th.

In his letter to conference participants, Bishop Lopes highlights the gratitude that is at the centre of our conference activities and services. “We have so much for which to be grateful,” the bishop says. “We give thanks to God for the canonization of Saint John Henry Newman last month. Indeed, he is our great patron and model, himself bringing some of the best of the Anglican patrimony into the full communion of the Catholic Church.”

“In spending time with each other, in studying and discussion the traditions we hold dear, and most of all in prayer — the worship of God in the beauty of holiness — you give witness to the vitality of the Church and new expression to the diversity that is possible when we find a deeper unity of faith.”

Register for the conference now at anglicantradition2019.eventbrite.com and join all of us giving God praise and thanksgiving for the historic blessing of Anglicanorum Coetibus on its tenth anniversary. In the words of Bishop Lopes, “God’s blessings are abundant!”

Update: Both Cardinal Collins and even the Papal Nuncio on behalf of the pope have also sent us letters of blessing and welcome!