There is a lot to love about Anglicanism, and more about Anglicans.
The Anglicans have some wonderful traditions, not least musically, and many wonderful people.
Yet it is founded on error, and remains error-strewn.
I have been reflecting on this following the visit of Justin Welby to the Holy Father, and the various comments and reports on the visit.
On the one hand, of course, charity demands courtesy and respect for the leader of the Anglican communion. On the other hand, charity also demands that we do not risk any confusion about the true situation.
The soi-disant Church of England, for all its wonderful people and wonderful traditions, is a body established in defiance of, and in some ways in opposition to, the Church that Christ founded.
That has real implications for those who adhere to it. Without for a second questioning their good faith, one can see that at the objective level, Anglican doctrines are faulty, Anglican orders and sacraments are illusory, and Anglican moral reasoning corrupted.
Therefore we do nobody any favours if we pretend that there is any equivalence between Anglicanism and the Church.
Now that the possibility of collective reunion seems so much more remote, following the decision to admit women to Anglican orders and other similar moves away from their own Christian heritage, we surely have a responsibility to work and pray for the conversion of individuals.
The challenge is how to make clear the claims of the Church to Anglicans, in a way that they may be able to hear.
It won't help to pretend it doesn't matter if one is Anglican or Catholic, but I can easily believe that confronting people with the truth too baldly will simply put up barriers.
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