Hodie in Historia Ecclesia Anglicana

Matthew Parker was consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury.

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Matthew Parker was consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury on this day, December 17, 1559, at Lambeth, England. But, was he properly and legitimately consecrated? One of the larger questions in the history of the English Church.


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Mark J. Kelly is a Teacher and Writer. In over 30 years of military service (20 Active, 10 Reserve) he has instructed civilians and military on five continents. He teaches at Maria Kaupas Academy, a classical school administered by St. Thomas More, the Ordinariate parish in Scranton, PA. Mr. Kelly has published numerous print articles and media content concerning history, culture, biblical typology, and theology. His current study is concentrated upon, "The Influence of John Henry Newman and the Oratory upon J.R.R. Tolkien."

2 thoughts on “Hodie in Historia Ecclesia Anglicana

  1. Very interesting. I had always heard that the doubtful consecration question regarding English apostolic succession revolved around Bishop Barlow and whether he actually got around to being consecrated at all. (Apparently the evidence now seems to indicate that he did.)

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    • The Catholic objection to validity of Anglican orders is that the Church of England (CoE) used rites of ordination that were not sacramentally valid for a period spanning more than a hundred years in the 16th and 17th centuries, and that no validly ordained bishop of the CoE survived that period of time.

      To my knowledge, the magisterium of the Catholic Church has not addressed the question of whether the participation of “Old Catholic” bishops of the Union of Utrecht in the 20th century may have brought about a partial restoration of valid orders in the Anglican Communion. In any case, the Vatican now would most assuredly say that some provinces of the Anglican Communion have adopted theological practices so far from orthodox Christian practice as to create a clear defect of intent, rendering Anglican ordinations invalid, or ate least so dubious as to require presumption of invalidity, in any case.


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