There's an interesting posting over at "The Continuum" that offers a very brief apologia for "the wisdom of the Anglican Way" directed primarily at those who, for many reasons, struggle with the possibility of leaving the Anglican/Episcopal Church for the Roman Catholic Church.
Here's how Fr. Hart summarizes the reasons for sticking with the Anglican Way rather than swimming the Tiber:
- An Anglican is fully Catholic by the standards of the Scriptures and the Patristic period.
- Our orders have been preserved without defect, with all of the charisms and power Christ has granted through his apostles to his Church.
- Our doctrine is better and more pure than that of Rome.
- Newman was not all there, and his later criticism of Anglicanism is neither accurate nor wholly rational.
- Newman's theory of Doctrinal Development is as dangerous as the Pentecostalist notion of "Progressive revelation."
- The Pope is not infallible.
- The Pope does not have Universal Jurisdiction.
- The Pope is the bishop of Peter's See, but so is the Patriarch of Antioch.
- The service of Holy Communion is a perfectly valid Mass or Eucharist.
- Our Anglican fathers were not Calvinists or Lutherans.
- "Protestant" is not the opposite of "Catholic."
- Some Catholics are Protestant Catholics.
- We do not need doctrines like "the merits of the saints" or a concept of Purgatory as "temporal punishment."
- When the Articles say that "The Romish doctrine of Purgatory is a fond thing," this does not mean that we are supposed to be fond of it.
- At the end of the day, if it is not in the Bible, it REALLY cannot be necessary for salvation.
- Point 15 is classic Catholic teaching.
- You should not care what the Roman See thinks of your status as a true church.