Sunday, 10 April 2011

A Nice Quick Read

Some of the folks who read this blog might like to look at the six page newsletter from the Liberal Catholic Apostolic Church. There is a small review of a 2002 book of collected pieces by the conservative postliberal George Lindbeck. It has the accurate, if retold, essential history of Old Catholicism within it. There are also some references to what has happened in Swindon and remarks on the background of a recruit to train within the LCAC. And, as a matter of accuracy, the editor Mhoira Lauer-Patterson is Bishop-elect at present until September when she joins Elizabeth, Sheila and Shelley in those little Churches that have drawn my interest.

I note that on Facebook Bishop Adrian Glover makes a simple point (as an answer to a question) that not everyone becomes bishop. There's this notion of looseness, and there are indeed permissive groups like the Young Rite. My own view (if of any importance) is that even clergy driven movements need lay people as committed supporters and Churches need congregations of some kind or other, even if they are regional gatherings and away-days.

I would describe myself as 'low liberal' and, anyway, a religious humanist. I did have a short period of appreciating a bit more Anglo-Catholicism, and the idea of symbolic worship is still important, but that emphasis has somewhat evacuated itself more recently along with the postmodern pretence (really) in appearing to believe things that I didn't.

I've moved a little way from postmodernism, in that for all science's focus on some things and not on others, and on revisions made (its strength), the fact that experiments are made that produce answers you do not want is a limiter to the notion of postmodern freedom and an apparent merging of the fictional and the factual. Even social science produces results one doesn't want, and there is no direct equivalence, say, with writing a novel (despite some overlaps, especially in Social Anthropology).

There is a liberalism derived from Catholicism, as indeed there is the esoteric, but I am not esoteric in outlook and my liberalism is more direct, more based on Enlightenment and, before that, the libertarian basis of the left wing of the Reformation and with its inevitable drive towards a religious humanism. I do go with the romanticism of the later nineteenth century, but even treat that critically. So I am friendly with the LCAC after its rebirth but, on reflection, wouldn't join up either lay or seek any other.


Anonymous said...

As you are interested in the 'indie' movement (Independent) Catholicism, perhaps you might be interested in a book called 'The Parting of The Ways' by F.W. Pigott and currently available through the St. Alban Press?

It was re-released last year after a gap of nearly 60 years.

Pluralist (Adrian Worsfold) said...

I've got John Plummer's book, based on a thesis.

James said...
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James said...

John Plummer's "The Many Paths of the Independent Sacramental Moment" is a worthy document. A vastly more critical examination also worth noting is the late Peter Anson's "Bishops at Large."

(removed a redundancy in my earlier post)

James said...

apparently I can't spell, either. That is "movement" not "moment"

Anonymous said...

The Parting of The Ways was written by the last presiding bishop of the Unified Liberal Catholic Church (before the schism in the 40's and subsequent schisms). It is the first (and only) book of Theology written by the LCC.

I read it recently and it was very informative about what the beliefs are behind Liberal Catholicism. The author had an MA in Theology from Oxford and had been headmaster of a School and an officer in the army.

He left his Anglican Church benefice in New Zealand to become a Liberal Catholic.