Spectator: RC v CofE

17 11 2010

Charles and Caroline Moore discuss the differences between Catholicism and Anglicanism.  Charles Moore’s reflection on the Ordinariate is particularly worth reading:

I wish the Pope’s new offer to Anglicans had been available when I became a Catholic 15 years ago. It would have helped avoid many misunderstandings.

In modern times, most Anglicans converting to Roman Catholicism are not trying to repudiate their existing beliefs. Instead, they are recognising that the logic of those beliefs leads them to become Catholics.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult for those close to them to see this. They can feel rejected. Conversion, a word now frowned on by the authorities, sounds sudden and absolute, when in fact the process is neither. The old phrase about ‘the parting of friends’ has a baleful ring. Parents, in particular, often imagine an implicit criticism of them, and ask, as they do when their children become drug addicts, ‘Where did we go wrong?’

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