This issue has become one of controversy. We do not consider the Roman Catholic Church to be an enemy, but rather we see them as brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, and rejoice in the common faith we have in the Lord, knowing that we should in all things have charity (in omnibus caritas), as St. Augustine says, even when we cannot agree in all things.
Knowing that Rome does, in many ways, see our position in terms of an error to overcome, and our own Christian people as a mission field for their own fold, we must set up a standard and defense. Therefore we must defend our place in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, our Holy Orders and the other Sacraments that require them, our polity, our understanding of doctrine and our mission to grow and expand. We have no reason to see Rome's efforts as hostile in intention or as motivated by anything less than charity in light of their specific beliefs about their church. But, we must maintain the truth of our position mindful of the prayer, "God save us from our enemies and from our well-meaning friends."
It has come to my attention that some who oppose our position, and who have been unable to overcome the facts we have presented (especially about what the Roman constitution does not promise, does not guarantee and does not offer), have resorted to the lowest kind of discourse. For another blog to refer to "the so-called Anglican Catholic Church," or even to go as far as to attack the Anglican Parishes Association (a publishing arm), demonstrates to our mind that they have yet to learn the words, in omnibus caritas, or to accept disagreement in a responsible and adult fashion.
We are concerned about the TAC/ACA people who fear a time of spiritual homelessness, and who do not know which way to turn. They are in our prayers, and I know that we all offer the hand of fellowship from our churches. We are grateful, however, that the present crisis has unveiled the Continuing Church as having greater unity than popularly imagined. The concordat between the Anglican Catholic Church, The United Episcopal Church and the Province of Christ the King is the basis for our commitment to deeper and more substantial unity among the Continuers.