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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Monday, February 19, 2007

St. Bede, Pray for Us

It is undoubtedly too soon to expect full union between the Anglicans and the Catholic Church, but this development is a welcome sight. That the Anglican primates are even considering a proposal to come back under the authority of the Pope is an enormous step in the right direction. Unfortunately, for too long being Catholic as meant being something less than English. Obviously, the English Catholic devotions were suppressed, but, at the same time, the Catholics in England (and in America) have had little appreciation for the vibrant faith and popular devotions of medieval English Catholicism. The picture above from Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church in Houston is an Anglican Use parish and a beautiful example of English Catholic design. Eamon Duffy's masterful works (such as Stripping of the Altars and Marking the Hours) have done an excellent job of reminding people about the forgotten English faith. More popularly, Robert Hugh Benson's childrens book Alphabet of Saints and Hugh Ross Williamson's The Flowering Hawthorn are also excellent sources of English Catholic legends and devotions. As to whether the Anglican primates will be submit their will to the authority of Christ's Church, we can only say: St. Augustine of Canterbury, pray for us; St. Bede, pray for us; St. Thomas a Becket, pray for us; St. Thomas More, pray for us.