Fr Dwight Longenecker on Bishop Andrew’s Farewell Sermon

28 11 2010

From Standing on My Head, the blog of former Anglican, now Catholic priest, Fr Dwight Longenecker:

The Bishop of Ebbsfleet is one of the Anglo Catholic bishops in England moving over to the Ordinariate. Here is an excerpt from his farewell sermon [ed – we’ve not reproduced again]. On this blog some time ago I gently chastised the Anglo Catholics for not simply ‘getting on with it’ and joining the Catholic Church. I had a very gentlemanly and charitable comment from Bp Andrew himself.

I’m sorry now if I chided them a little. I think Bishop Andrew is doing the right thing and I hope and pray for the success of the Ordinariate. For those of you unfamiliar with Anglicanism and England the names and references in the speech below will mean little. For anyone, like myself, who loves England and the Anglican Church, Bishop Andrew’s references will bring a lump to your throat.

So much beauty, wit, tradition, love and faithfulness within the Anglo Catholic movement. They’ve been treated very shabbily by the fellow Christians they love. Especially galling is the pride the Anglicans take in being ‘inclusive and broad church’. How much they love to boast about ‘having room for everyone’. No longer–it would seem–for those among their number who simply want to hold to the ‘faith given to us by the apostles’. No room for those who simply want to worship in the ancient traditions of Christianity and hold to the faith once delivered to the saints.

We welcome all Anglicans who are coming into the Ordinariate, and we wish them all the very best.