The Dean of Grafton, the Very Revd Peter Catt, has written to the Bishops and Deans of the Australian Church, heads of religious communities and Church media outlets seeking support for the establishment of Affirming Catholicism in Australia.
Fr Catt said, "I believe that the Anglican Church produces its best when each of the various traditions which make up its life is vibrant. I am hoping to gather together a group who wish to see the Anglo-Catholic tradition focus some of its vitality for the sake of the Australian Church."
Affirming Catholicism has existed in the UK for some years, holding biannual conferences and producing books such as Living Evangelism, Living the Eucharist and Living Tradition.
Their website claims the riches of the catholic tradition are needed throughout the Church to further the Christian mission; and that full inclusion of lay and ordained people in Church government, and of both men and women in the threefold ministry, reinforces the catholicity of the church.
Affirming Catholicism’s vocation is fivefold: to build disciplined lives of regular prayer, study and worship; to have a commitment to the social and moral transformation of the world; to present models of love and community for all seeking to follow Christ; to nurture a living catholic tradition to carry the gifts of the past into the future; and to create liturgy which inspires holiness and which relates the greatness of God to his people today.
Article from: North Coast Anglican, January/February 2002 by Matthew Davies