The Blog goes from Strength to Strength

The Anglicanorum Coetibus Society Blog is happy to report that in our first quarter of 2018 we have more than exceeded, in both views and visitors, half of last years traffic results: we are currently averaging well over 18,000 views a month, with over 21,000 unique visitors this year.

Not surprisingly we see the increased traffic is coming from the USA, Canada, UK and Australia, with the last two countries showing the largest percentage increases in traffic- this year the UK has over taken Canada in traffic rankings.

If you love the blog, you will also love the journal of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society Shared Treasures, and our Newsletter available to paid members (although it is free for the first year for students).

Keep an eye out for up and coming projects- we are just getting started.

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The utopianism behind redefinitions of reality–a video by Rev. Gavin Ashendon

The former Honorary Chaplain to the Queen, Rev. Dr. Gavin Ashendon, a British Anglican now with a Continuing Anglican jurisdiction, is popular among many Ordinariate members.

I came across this  article and link to a video in which he talks about utopian  impulses behind totalitarian trends in the west that all seem to be for benign causes to force the redefinition of terms that describe our biological reality and it’s givenness.

The strange thing is, the effect of being just and kind and generous and protective to the small minorities is to begin to undo marriage. Then when you listened to them, they give it away… A famous Canadian author said we don’t want marriage, we don’t like marriage. We only want it because we’re setting out to destroy it…

She said the whole point of the campaign to extend marriage to the gay community is not because we want to be married, but because we want, having got marriage, to destroy it.

How do you destroy it? You destroy marriage by breaking the link between children and parents… The ungluing of society through this second wagon takes place by destroying the relationship between parents and children.

Welcome to my world.  This is the kind of thing I document in Canada in my work as a journalist.  Recently, I reported on this story about a directive given to a government agency that helps Canadians with government services such as obtaining passports. 

Service Canada’s directive to employees to use gender neutral language met with derision in social media, but some Catholic observers say the move represents a dangerous trend.

The directive, revealed by Radio Canada Mar. 21, instructed those who help with passports and other government services to use a persons’ first and last name without honorifics like Mr. or Ms. It also told employees not to use specific terms such as mother or father but to use the word ‘parent’ instead.

The directive was ridiculed by Conservatives in the House of Commons as akin to the Prime Minister’s use of “peoplekind” to correct a young woman’s use of the word “mankind” in a townhall earlier this year.

Is Reality and our human nature given and something we discover?   Or is reality malleable according to the force of our will, or through the will exemplified government power?   I’m afraid those who say “my will be done” and let’s use the levers of state power to enforce it are in the ascendency.


Podcast with Msgr. Harry Entwistle

What a pleasure it was to meet Msgr. Harry Entwistle, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross,  over the phone and to prepare and record our latest podcast with him now up on our website,

Find out about how he received his vocation to not only become an Anglican priest, but also to devote much of his adult life to prison chaplaincy in England.

What did he learn about human nature in the prisons?  How hard was it to invite prisoners into a relationship with him and ultimately with God?

How did he end up in Perth, Australia?  He answers these questions and more.

Msgr. Entwistle was just back from a visit to the Torres Strait Ordinariate community, so you’ll also hear about that.



The April edition of The Portal is now online

You can reach The Portal via the magazine’s image to your right on the blog.  You’ll see a picture of Msgr. Keith Newton.  Or you can use this link.

Ronald Crane has a most interesting interview with Msgr. Keith Newton about the challenges facing the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and some of the similar ones facing the Ordinariates in North America and Australia.

There’s a lot more, so go on over and enjoy the read.


The Ordinariate Chrism Mass

Four or five of us were all set to drive down from Ottawa last week for the North American Ordinariate’s Chrism Mass scheduled for Scranton, Pennsylvania on Mar. 22

But global warming climate change got in the way with a forecast of yet another March Nor’easter that threatened to close airports and make travel dangerous.   Whether it did or not, I don’t know because our weather reports showed partly sunny weather all the way through Ontario, New York and Pennsylvania.

So, we were disappointed, but I think all of us found those extra days filled in quickly.

Thankfully,  the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter website has posted Bishop Steven  Lopes homily at the Chrism Mass which took place in Houston at Our Lady of Walsingham Cathedral on Mar. 28.


Sir George Gilbert Scott, RIP

March 27 is the death day of British Gothic Revival architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott. This is a good day to remind ourselves of the architectural component of the Patrimony: Pugin; Butterfield; Cram; BakerLuytensComper; and Travers, to name a few of the most prominent, something of which this fine blogpost by Rick Yoder reminds us. Most of our communities may not be in a position to consider this an immediate issue – and if needed, there are folk like Cram and Ferguson about. Neverthless, please God a day shall come when there is again a huge demand for this particular of our gifts. In the meantime, cultivating knowledge of what was shall help us prepare for what shall be.

Tail end of the Literary Patrimony?

My review of the new Wrinkle in Time movie has just appeared. It was a terrible film, and a blot on Madeline Engle’s work, for all that her heirs praised it.  As mentioned in my review, “What an anonymous Wikipedia writer declared of Miss L’Engle is without doubt also true of her predecessors [amongst Patrimonial writers]: ‘A theme, often implied and occasionally explicit, in L’Engle’s works is that the phenomena that people call religion, science, and magic are simply different aspects of a single seamless reality.’” That sense of Christian wonder at creation and awareness of the titantic struggle between God and satan in, with, and under that creation is precisely what characterises patrimonial fiction.

However, “…I would not want to say that Miss L’Engle’s writing was flawless; her theology as expressed in her non-fiction suffered from the general doctrinal collapse of Anglicanism in the 20th century, and she was certainly a Christian Universalist. But her fiction was filled with scriptural and religious references, and in A Wrinkle in Time Christ is explicitly revealed as the chief of the ‘fighters of the light’ – unlike the others, His identity is revealed through an apropos quote from the Gospel of St. John.” Indeed, as has been the case with other writers of the Patrimony, Miss L’Engle’s fiction was at times more orthodox than her theological writings or expressed opinions. But she was writing from a mind formed to some degree by that orthodoxy, and in fiction had no need to update or “modernise” what she had received.

The question – and worry – in my mind is this: Was she the last of that line of story-tellers which includes C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Dorothy Sayers, G.K. Chesterton, M. R. James, Ralph Adams Cram, and Arthur Machen? Certainly this is a precious part of the Patrimony that the Ordinariates bring to the Catholic Church; but can anyone think of living writers who are working in that manner? – if so, O good and gentle readers, please mention them! And if you or anyone you know are attempting to so, encourage them mightily!

Young Catholics release pre-synodal document revealing much difference of opinion

Last night, I read about two-thirds of the document produced by the Pre-Synodal Meeting of young Catholics in preparation for the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment coming up in October.  This morning, I read the rest.

Many bishops love being around young Catholics because often their faith is so fresh, many having had a new encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ and in the midst of their first love experience with Him.  Having witnessed this, especially among the young people touched by Catholic Christian Outreach, I can understand why.

That first love is infectious and reminds us of our own first love and can help rekindle that fire if it has grown a bit cold.  Alas, I did not detect that joyful passion of first love inspired by Jesus Christ in this document. In fact, I had to read nearly half of the document before Jesus was even mentioned.  The document mainly seemed to refer to the Church as an earthly institution. Continue reading

The Five Wounds and Our Spirituality

I had been called to go to the emergency room to give Last Rites. When I arrived, the nurse came out of the room and warned me; it was a very bad car accident and he was in very bad shape. The doctors had done what they could but he was not going to live long and the family was not going to make it to the hospital before he passed. She was right; it was hard to see. No words can sufficiently describe a serious injury. By the grace of God I was able to enter the room, give him Last Rites and commend his soul to God. Still today, I remember that feeling when I touched his forehead with the holy oil–he was about to leave this world.

Seeing a bad wound makes some people get queasy. I personally have a hard time with needles, but can handle wounds a bit more. Yet, seeing a serious wound always strikes me deeply. The damaging of one’s flesh and bone is a clear reminder of our mortality. “Memento mori”, remember, you are mortal. The same is true of Christ’s wounds. Although none of us can actually see them today (unless granted the wonderful grace of a miraculous vision), seeing them portrayed in art (or cinema, like “The Passion of the Christ”) and pondering each of them for what they are is of great spiritual value. It leads us to a deeper appreciation of what Our Lord went through for our sakes. It was John the Apostle who saw Jesus as a lamb Who looked like He had been slain (cf. Rev 5:6). That is how Jesus showed Himself on His throne. In other words, He was saying to John, “look at my wounds and do not forget them, for they will be visible forever”. Continue reading