How Official is this Blog?

Embryo Parson raises the legitimate question on Initial Report on the New Anglican Catholic Church Blog about how official this blog is.

My answer is that it is not official. It is my own initiative and therefore is not official. The official organs of the ACC are Anglican Catholic Church and Anglican Catholic Church – UK, as are the other diocesan web sites. There is also The Trinitarian to which you can subscribe and most dioceses and parishes publish their own printed media. I have never claimed that this blog is official.

I was discussing this question with my Bishop last Saturday, emphasising my keeping my personal blog As the sun in its orb and this blog separate. In this blog, I do not post anything that would not be disapproved of by my Diocesan Bishop or by our Metropolitan, Archbishop Mark Haverland. I have not been taken to task for anything in my personal blog either. My Bishop does not object to what I am doing, nor has he officially endorsed it.

The point of this blog is that I write on behalf of my Church without claiming official status. I often consult my Bishop and fellow blog authors.

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For the rest of Embryo Parson‘s posting, I can only say that Embryo Parson left the ACC because we are too “Anglo-Catholic” for his present hard Protestant position. This colours his way and his slant on my blogging work.

He finds my “anti-Reformation” stance and endorsement of the pre-Reformation Church objectionable. He is entitled to his opinion. In these matters, I have always been plain with my Bishop and fellow clergy.

I would add that the first paragraph from the quotation also highlights the truth of something I’ve said repeatedly about Anglo-Catholicism, to wit, that it borders on — if not crosses into — mystical aestheticism.   Well and good, if that is to become the thrust of the ACC’s “marketing strategy.”  All sorts of people are attracted to mystical aestheticism.  Only problem is mystical aestheticism has nothing whatsoever to do with the apostolic and Catholic faith.

I differ. Christianity (Catholic / sacramental / liturgical / choose your adjective) is as much a Mystery Religion as a “religion of the book”. As a way of life, it has its similarities with ancient Cynicism and modern Anarchism.

They’re going to have to listen to men like Fr. Hart and Fr. Wells.

These two priests of our Church are good men and fine theologians. Fr Wells has been kind with me since I was seen no longer to be one of Archbishop Hepworth’s men. But their thought and writing are a lot more subtle and open than that of Embryo Parson. I have often written on questions of ecclesiology on As the sun in its orb.

Accretions? Let’s have more of them, with flowing red wine and the joy and freedom of God’s children!

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Related but different. Fr Stephen Smuts of the TAC in South Africa has had a go at An Alternative to the Church of England? and my comment thanking the author of the article. See The ACC as an Alternative to the Church of England?

My remark The “marketing strategy” of the ACC is good… is taken out of context, but Fr Smuts does link to my blog. I am said to be an identifiable consumer of that said ‘marketing strategy’. I suppose he too is a consumer of his Church and Bishop, whilst promoting the ordinariates to the satisfaction of his Roman Catholic clients on his blog. Tit for tat!

Naturally, there is no mention of other Continuing Anglican jurisdictions as ‘credible alternative[s]’.

Should there be? Does he promote the ACC in South Africa as a ‘credible alternative’? There is the The Traditional Anglican Church (England) to which I willingly link. I left it in good standing in order to join the ACC. There is also the Traditional Church of England to which Fr Smuts gives no link on his blog. All I know about the TCE is what is on their blog, but they seem to be sincere and serious. There is also the Free Church of England that is in dialogue with the Union of Scranton and the Nordic Catholic Church. There are certainly other churches identifying with Continuing Anglicanism, fewer than in the USA, but there all the same.

Like Embryo Parson, Fr Smuts is entitled to his opinion. I no longer comment on his blog lest I get attacked by the vicious guard dogs lurking in the background over there, but I answer him all the same.

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4 Responses to How Official is this Blog?

  1. Scott says:

    I wonder how the erection of the Ordinariate has impacted the ACC’s view of itself? I’ve noticed that the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada, after many left for the Ordinariate, seems to be emphasizing its Classical Anglican character. I remember many sermons preached in the ACCC that said the ACCC was catholic first and Anglican second, before the promulgation of Anglicanorum Coetibus.

    • I can hardly judge the American scene on the basis of the writings of a few priests and the most “vocal” on the blogosphere. The ACC seems hardly to have changed in England before and since the TAC meeting in Portsmouth and the founding of the Ordinariates in 2011 and 2012. The clergy I have found in the English ACC are neither “classical Anglican” in the meaning given by some of the Americans nor “Anglo-Papalist”. Regardless of “tendency” the ACC remained aloof and said “Thanks but no thanks”.

  2. Warwickensis says:

    I notice Fr Smuts accuses me of not mentioning other continuing Anglican jurisdictions. Well, I’m not a member of other Continuing Anglican Jurisdictions. I can only speak from what I understand of my own church. He also seems to confuse “an alternative” with “the alternative”. I said the former since there are plenty of alternatives. I happen to believe that the ACC is the right alternative. He will disagree with that, but that does not change the fact that the ACC is a credible alternative to the CofE.

  3. AFS1970 says:

    I think that trying to decide if this blog is or is not official is missing the point. As humans we all have opinions. We will agree or disagree with each other many times over the course of our lives. That is part of being human. The danger of an Orwellian world is that if something suddenly became official then disagreement would no longer be permitted. From what I have read here and from what I understand about blogging, that seems not to be what this blog is all about.

    I think there is room on a single blog for both official and unofficial postings, and here is how I see the difference personally. Should you post a letter from clergy (especially Bishops) that clearly takes a stance on a given issue then it is most likely official. Should you write an article under your own name but not say that it is the stance of the whole church (or even your small piece of that whole church) then it is most likely not official. I for one can tell the difference most of the time and I value both types of posts as I learn more about the Anglicanism I was brought up in.

    So I do not think that it matters one bit if this blog is official or unofficial, as it will probably not make me (nor anyone else I suspect) more or less agreeable to future posts.

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