"If you can demonstrate from that constitution any specific Anglican treasures, even so much as one, I will make and post a video of myself eating my favorite hat, and I do mean a classy fedora-the only thing that Frank Sinatra left me in his will."
The only attempt to respond to that challenge came in reply to a reminder one week later, and in the comments there you may read the attempt to get the prize, and my reply explaining why the attempt failed. It was not enough to meet the challenge. No other comments, attempting to provide an example of a protected Anglican treasure, were offered, except a mere repetition of the first that had failed anyway, and which, therefore, does not count (also in comments at the same thread linked above).
Why does it matter you may ask? Because the future of several people and of entire parishes happens to be on the line; and with all the misinformation flying around on the subject, and with the ACA bishops trying to lead their people to Rome with empty promises they themselves have tried to attribute to the new Roman Catholic constitution for future former Anglicans, the truth must be made clear and obvious.
Comments moderation on this blog is rather light. No comment has ever been rejected because of an argument in it, nor because of a criticism of this blog. Recently, after making many comments here over several months, almost always (if not always) to disagree with me, one reader had his comment rejected. I hit the reject button for the first time on one of his comments because he said this about my words: "Comments like that make you look like a real jerk." This was not a substantive argument, to say the least. In an email, after I answered his behind the scenes demand for an explanation, the same reader said that I was just using that as an excuse to censor him. I wonder what made him think 1) that I would need an excuse, or 2) that I should publish a comment like that, or 3) why, if I was the censoring type, I had always allowed his many, many arguments to be published. To him I say, if you are reading, try again with any argument you wish to make, leaving out four letter words, like "jerk." You can do better anyway. (If you have already emailed several of your friends to say "Fr. Hart censored my unanswerable argument," don't worry. I will agree with that. Such an "argument"-that I look like a real jerk- has no answer.)
Below you will find a useful and edifying essay by the late Rev. Dr. Louis Tarsitano. Fr. Tarsitano was a friend, a fellow priest, and a fellow Touchstone editor. The essay below may help readers understand the real treasures of Anglicanism, the kind of valuable things that a certain new constitution cannot protect.