You know how these things happen; you hear a new or unusual word one day, and suddenly it crops up everywhere in the space of a few days. In a similar way, it seems the Anglican Church has been cropping up everywhere over the last week or so in the various activities I’ve been involved in; I started reading Blessed John Henry Newman’s Apologia Pro Vita Sua; then suddenly I’ve had cause to visit an Anglican Church, to talk to a Reverend, and I bumped into an old friend whose life has been influenced substantially by the Anglican Church in recent times. It’s all given me cause to think more than usual about the reasons for the split (can is be called schism?) between our Churches.
I often think that Anglicans and Protestants are perhaps better versed in their arguments against the Catholic Church than Catholics are versed in their arguments against Anglicans and Protestants – and I wonder how well equipped the ordinary Catholic is to face an Anglican in verbal battle. I would love to see more opportunity for apologetics classes/courses/discussion groups in our parishes and dioceses – and I think that this is especially important here in New Zealand with our mixed bag of religions and sects.
Anyway, I’ve written about this today because I’ve just found another addition to the sudden ‘Anglican awareness week’ that seems to be going on; an article about a young Protestant boy and a miracle that resulted from his recitation of the Hail Mary;
Interesting that a friend of mine had a similar experience as a result of an argument surrounding the Blessed Virgin Mary. I often wonder if mending relations between Churches is in large part a case of getting facts straight (consider the work of St Francis de Sales). If so, what can we do to forward this cause – especially in this Christmas season.