letters to the editor
No more dunking
From Mr J. Stephenson
I cannot say I've liked this swine-flu-precaution
communion-in-one-kind response from the CofE. It all
seems a bit silly and unnecessary, especially when we all shake hands after the
service anyway. But I hope that obedience and loyalty bring their reward, even
as we are ridiculed for being cowed by the Elf and Safety Brigade.
But there is one silver lining. It may, please God, finally rid us of that awful habit of 'intinction,' the Dunkin' Donuts approach to Communion,
which has been a liturgical abomination. Ginger Nuts in a cup of tea is one thing (and can be the subject of mock-earnest
dissertations on morbidity and cohesion) but the same exercise with the Lords
Body and Blood? Surely not.
This form of intinction may
have seemed A Good Idea when introduced in the Eighties; two decades later it
seems frankly revolting. May it die a death.
Searching long lost hymns
From Mr Malcolm Kemp
As a musician in the
Graham Street Supplementary Hymns [published
by Magdalen Press, London, 1930] James Walenn, Melodies to Certain Hymns (St Alban's
Holborn) [published by W. Knott, 1898] The Parish Supplementary Hymnal - I
can find no mention of this anywhere except that it was the
The Catholic Supplementary Hymn Book (words)
[published by Moring Ltd.] -1 have the music edition
but not the words. Again, it starts from 801 but the words numbering is
obviously different from the ECHB and the Parish Supplementary Hymnal.
I gather that
someone re-issued the ECHB a
few years back but I can find no mention on the internet of its being
available for purchase. Given the paucity of the words and music of much
present-day Catholic hymnody, I should have thought churches would relish the
opportunity to introduce this book or replace worn-out copies. If anyone can
give any help please contact me by email. If eventually I am able to produce
anything worthwhile I may aim to produce a short booklet on the subject.
Malcolm Kemp <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Is you is or is you aint?
From Mr Steve Vince
I have been reflecting, perhaps too long, on the
important point made by Fr Alan Cooke in his letter in the August issue. He
writes, 'We must surely be careful lest we give the impression that our chief
priority is to be in union with the Holy See as soon as possible; because then
our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters, to say nothing of our Anglican ones,
cannot be blamed for asking why we do not just go ahead and do it.'
He is quite correct. The Anglican ones' are already
asking just that, and by no means only from the point of view of the women
priests/ bishops question. We simply cannot understand how a coherent and vocal
group of our fellow-Christians who are teaching Roman Catholic doctrine, and
using the Roman Catholic liturgy and calendar, can manage the very considerable
mental and theological gymnastics to persuade
themselves that they have a future (or even a present) in the Church of England.
They surely have no chance of convincing the rest of
the Church that they represent the true Anglican position when the evidence is
that their position is not Anglican at all.
They still read it
From two former contributors
In recent issues of New DIRECTIONS, Thomas Seville CR
and Canon Hervé have been suggesting that the present
is paradoxically' a very good time for Forward in Faith members to be in the
Church of England.
May two former New
Directions contributors simply add that, non-paradoxically, they
find it rather a good time to be in the Roman Catholic Church also.
John Scott, Stuart Seaton
Let's get on with it
From Fr Ernest Skublics
I am running out of understanding for endless years of
Catholic rhetoric, co-existing with expressions of loyal determination to
remain, if they'll only have us, till death do us part, in the Church of
England, which obviously has no intention of reversing its consistent progress
away from the Catholic Church.
Since my second retirement I spend part of each year backhome in
Why can we not simplyj oin the move to restored communion in the One Holy Catholic
Ernest Skublics < email@example.com>
From George MacArthur
Soundings in both
There is an understandable national outcry when it is
claimed that the provisions of the NHS are subject to a postcode lottery.' It
is rightly seen as absurd that mere geography should determine the availability
of treatment. How much more absurd that geography should determine orders and
Orders exist to express and effect
true Communion, and the episcopate in particular is charged with the
responsibility of safeguarding in each diocese the doctrine and morals of the
world-wide church. Only by such means can faithful
Robert Runcie memorably said
of the divisions created by the unilateral ordination of women in the
It must appear to all but the most sanguine observers
that, far from cementing unity and fellowship among Anglicans, the proposed
Covenant will merely accentuate and deepen existing divisions.
An optional necessity
From David Fenton
I do not share the anxiety of some about the
recommendation of the Archbishops that the common cup be discontinued for the
duration of the swine flu epidemic, but I am concerned at the lack of
uniformity of practice. The final decision on the matter seems to have been
left to parish clergy. As a catholic Christian I understand that this is not an
issue of eucharistic doctrine, but merely of local
discipline; but discipline there mustbe. Variations
from parish to parish are confusing and inevitably distressing to some. And if
the guidance arises from medical necessity, there can be no justification for
matter being left in the hands of individuals who are in most instances not
My own viewis
that the Archbishops' directive was a gross overreacfion. But I
am not an expert either!
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