FSSP on Anglicanorum Coetibus

11 01 2011

From an article in Dowry, the FSSP’s English journal, by Fr Simon Leworthy, FSSP

Travelling through the villages of England and catching sight of the so often picturesque parish churches that pre-date the ecclesio-political upheavals of the Sixteenth Century, it occurs, perhaps, that Catholicism can be very English. Indeed, the Apostolic Constitution, at which we are about to take a look, is pleased to suggest that “Englishness” in religion – as found, in this case, among those who have shaped the English language and culture by means of the idiom and sentiments of the Book of Common Prayer and the King James Version of the Bible – is a very estimable thing. Indeed, therefore, a welcome place is being prepared for it within the broader spectrum of the communion of the Church which is One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and Roman.


Anglicanorum Coetibus can be seen as a tangible – indeed, joyous – result of fruitful and genuine ecumenism. The “holy desire” for unity, inspired by the Holy Spirit, is graciously being accorded the respect due to its origins; and now is a time, indeed, to pause and recognise the “signs of the times” and to “hear what the Spirit says to the churches,” particularly as these affect our own land.

Click here to read the full article. It begins on page 8 of the pdf.