More news from Becoming One Conference in San Antonio

18 11 2010

Taken from the English Catholic blog:

Father Luke Reese, a Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) priest,  sends this report via his iPhone from San Antonio:

The day started with a history of “how we got here” first from Fr Moore, retired founding priest of Our Lady of Walsingham, fascinating story and one I knew nothing of – it’s a story that deserves to be told. You might try contacting him to get the facts straight from the horses mouth. Next Bp Moyer TAC stressed the importance of the Portsmouth Petition, especially the passage that in it indicating “good conscience” required Anglican Catholics to humbly submit to the Holy See not only having exhausted excuses for not doing so but for the reason of moving toward the Lord’s calling for Christian unity ; and the Pope is the only gravitational focus for such unity.

Fr Hurd spoke next; the important elements of which are already related on the site; but with only this addition that he believes the first Ordinariate will be in Great Britain. Why, he could not say, just that he had a strong suspicion. He also stressed the fact that the Pope does not want the process to drag slowly; expediency is a priority. He also mentioned several times that Archbishop Wuerl’s mandate only involves that of collecting information to be sent to the CDF; Fr Hurd himself wrote the questionnaire being used in the USA. It is important, he said, to keep groups together and to have as little disruption as possible and that speaks to clergy training as well. They plan to take full advantage of modern technology to facilitate this.

Next a picture of the state of things in the AU [ed. – Anglican Use] today. They have four solid parishes in the US and all of them are distinctly filled with families with lots of children. Fr Bergman of Scranton emphasized this fact and related several difficulties we all can expect to face once we are within the Church. He described these as “fallacies”. Fallacy Number one: that “unity requires uniformity.” In answer to this he quoted card. Levada’s 2009 address on the AC in which he spoke of the Anglican patrimony being a rich treasure to be shared – unity in faith not in form. Fallacy 2: “Diversity is disloyalty.” To which he referenced the Chaldean Catholics who were murdered at Mass recently in Iraq.  They proved their loyalty with their own blood which was the price they paid that day for the precious gift of Christ’s Body and Blood. Fallacy 3: “Our differences in discipline are in competition with the majority rather than in conformity.” he stressed that out sacramental lives are the same though the form in which they are delivered may be different. He pointed out that Anglicans have one book with a multiplicity of interpretations while Catholicism has a multiplicity of books all with the same interpretation. He quoted Pope B16 “the Church will be renewed by creative minorities”; the AU and the Ordinariates will be centers of life and creativity. Children are the necessary fruit of these communities. He pointed out that where people have hope they have children.

Following dinner Fr Phillips spoke with great enthusiasm that the ordinariate project in the US is already ahead of the rest of the world because of the AU. There is experience, resources and money to get launch the project here today. He believes it is being held back- that the AU was held back- simply because the RC bishops don’t “get it” about Anglicans which makes it easy for them to disregard us. The Pope recognized this and made it possible for us to sidestep RC bishops. He stressed that the time for implementation is now the main reason being that each passing day without an Ordinariate is one more day outside of the communion of the Church – each reason for speed has a human face. It was very inspiring! The time for making haste slowly is past!

Prior to Fr Phillips address, Mr Ralph Johnston spoke about the school at Atonement and how essential it has been to the success of their parish. They are hoping to provide a template and resource for Ordinariate schools throughout the country.