Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sundry Remarks (and a New Blog for You)

Out of the gallimaufry of Weblogs that I track in my categories in the columns to the right, one of my favorites is the Rev. Dr. Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment. He is classed under the very few liturgical blogs ("Liturgi-cannon" in my jargon, also explained at the right) that I follow, and though he certainly excels at that topic, he frequently comments on Catholic matters, since he has left the Church of England to become a priest in the Anglican Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. So he could equally be classified among the more numerous (Anglo-)Catholi-cannon in the far right column, but I prefer to keep his link where it can be the crowning ornament in a far less crowded category.

Today, Fr Hunwicke (the British like to dispense with periods after titular abbreviations) pointed us to another Catholic (that is, Anglican Ordinariate) Weblog of which I had, to my regret, been unaware before. It is called ignatius his conclave -- apparently the Brits don't always need capital letters, either -- and I commend it wholeheartedly to your attention. By scrolling down to the bottom of the blog's home page, you may begin with the earlier posts and proceed sequentially to the most recent one, at the top.

You will be treated to a fine snapshot of the current consternation that surrounds the goings, comings and latest sayings of Pope Francis I on the topic of (among others) divorce and remarriage, and in particular, the Pope's refusal thus far to acknowledge or respond to five questions put to him by four senior cardinals, that asked him to clarify statements made in his most recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris laetitia ("The Joy of [Family] Love"). But you will also experience the gentle art of British satire, subtly practiced by a master. I have added it to my blogroll of (Anglo-)Catholi-cannon, where I intend to follow it regularly.

After all, things in the Episcopal Congregations (i.e., ECUSA) have just not been as comment-worthy lately (we are still waiting on word from the courts in South Carolina and Ft. Worth!) as what has been happening across the Tiber. To be sure, the satirists like Christopher Johnson still have their occasional field-day with the utterly vacuous outpourings from those the Congregations have chosen as their spokespersons, but your Curmudgeon has lost his taste for a sport that amounts to shooting fish in a barrel. Likewise, the desultory coming apart of the Church of England (foretold quite some time ago on this blog, and again here) is no subject for either joy or sport. When looked at too closely, it generates only despondency.

And as the Episcopal Congregations and Church of England go, so goes, as Dr Kirk of the newly linked ignatius blog puts it, the "Anglican soi-disant Communion", or Anglican Communion (so-called). The GAFCON group is struggling to preserve its core, but "turning and turning in the widening gyre, ... things fall apart; the center cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world..."

So perhaps, drawing on the inspirations provided by superior bloggers like Drs Kirk and Hunwicke, your Curmudgeon will start a series of posts that tries to draw back and portray the wider picture of what is going on. Did Yates have a prescient vision when he wrote these words?
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand. 
(Or did he rather have a vision in 1921 of what turmoil the election of 2016 would engender? [He who has ears, let him hear.])

For my local parish, I have been doing a series of presentations on "The End Times -- in Jesus' Own Words." Amid all the evangelical hullabaloo about the Rapture, the Four Blood Moons, the Shemitah and the like, it is a good thing to revert to the Most Knowledgeable Source and see what He had to say about His own Second Coming. I hope you will find the series instructive -- I will start working on it right away, and post as time permits. Until then, keep up to date by following the blogs linked at the right, and use the Guide to This Site to understand how we got to this point.


  1. Regarding the FT Worth case - I'm concerned that one of the Justices who heard the oral arguments, Justice Anne Gardner, is retiring at the end of December. If there isn't a ruling handed down before then, will the oral arguments have to be done over?

  2. Not to worry, Marie -- a justice who heard a case that remains undecided at the time of her retirement maintains the ability to continue to participate in deliberations and opinion-writing in that case until the Court hands down its decision in the case. She just will not participate in or hear any new cases that come before the court after her retirement -- unless she is invited to come back and help out while, for example, there is a temporary vacancy on the bench.

  3. Thanks for the comforting words, A.S. The oral arguments were heard April 19, so it's been 7 months and counting. Just didn't want to start over with the new Justice.

  4. In South Carolina, it's been well over a year since oral arguments and we haven't heard a peep out of the state Supreme Court -- and the Chief Justice has retired.

  5. I[ve been following Fr. Kenwicke for several years now, and although I'm former Anglican, now Orthodox, I find him very erudite and amusing, even if i don't get his latinisms all the time. He seems to be a rather lovable guy, and probably a good pastor and confessor.
    Jim of Olym

  6. I'm looking forward to reading your comments about the End Times (the C of E's struggles, ECUSA's death throes- I'm reminded of Mark Twain's comments concerning the repetitiveness of "new" in the newspapers). I'm sure it will be well-reasoned, chock-full of He Who Must Be Obeyed's instructions, and entertaining.

  7. Mr Haley, What an encouraging post from you! If you will allow me to make a little sport with your family name, and with the lyrics of a well known song, I would like to say:

    Oh, hello Haley, well, hello Haley,
    It's so nice to have you back where you belong.
    You're doin' swell, Haley, we can tell, Haley,
    You're still glowin', you're still crowin', you're still goin' strong...

  8. "The GAFCON group is struggling to preserve its core, but "turning and turning in the widening gyre, ... things fall apart; the center cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world..."

    Really? Gafcon seems to be doing quite well. As I wrte this, the dates for the second Jerusalem conference in 2018 has just been announced; in contrast, Canterbury has only ill-defined plans for a Lambeth conference in 2020.

    In North America, ACNA seems to be moving on as usual, with slow growth but still growth. In England, the Renew Conference has been growing by 100 clergy each year, and the plan is announced for 25 new independent Anglican churches by 2025 and 250 by 2050.

    Rather than turning in the gyre, Gafcon appears to be tightly focused and getting on with things.