Thursday, July 15, 2010

They Never Were Catholic

Last Saturday, Damian Thompson, the Telegraph’s resident Catholic blogger, opined that since the Church of England now allows women bishops, no one can deny that it is Protestant.

Did anyone doubt this even prior to their ordination of women priests in 1992? Was there a popular conflation of the Church of England with the Catholic Church? I’m not aware that there was.

If any Anglican thought himself Catholic, he should have swum the Tiber long ago.

Now Mr. Thompson (whose blog I do enjoy) reports that Anglican bishops may be able, according to initial reports from the General Synod, to become nuns.

If, then, there ever was indeed a “popular conflation” of Anglican and Catholic, this surely must drive a stake into the very heart of that unholy beast of a notion.

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