On May 11th, Virtue Online had this headline (and the opening is quoted here as well):
In a letter VOL has obtained, Hepworth described the situation in Canada as "deteriorating" and said the precipitating issue is the impending visit by Catholic priests appointed by Archbishop Collins to Traditional Anglican Communion parishes in Canada in the next two weeks.
"These priests are to announce, on behalf of Archbishop Collins, that the parishes will close forthwith, that the laity and clergy will attend a Catholic parish for from four to six months, that they will not receive the sacraments during this time, that they will be catechised adequately during this time since any catechesis from the Catechism of the Catholic Church done by the Traditional Anglican Communion is inadequate because only Catholics understand the Catechism, that the dossiers submitted by Traditional Anglican Communion clergy show an inadequate training since they have not attended Anglican Communion Theological Colleges, and therefore those selected by the Ordinary and approved by the CDF will have to attend a Catholic Seminary for an as yet unspecified time, at the end of this process, new parishes for Anglicans along the lines of the Anglican Use in the United States may be established, but not necessarily in the former Traditional Anglican Communion churches, and that during this process the Traditional Anglican Communion must cede its property to the Ordinariate," lamented Hepworth.
As I commented before, one cannot tell if Abp. John Hepworth is simply trying to save face, or if he has believed his own propaganda. What he "laments" is not a change of the terms or conditions at all. For those who are neither canonically illiterate nor dishonest, it has been clear ever since the initial publication of Anglicanorum Coetibus that this was inevitable. This is what it always was about. The oft misquoted (by way of redaction) article vi of that constitution contained several references to existing Roman Catholic canon law, and repeated the exact conditions of the existing Pastoral Provisions. The spin has finally been exposed. That is all that has happened. It makes Hepworth and the several voices that echoed his spin, look very bad.
They should have listened to our analysis from Day One. Our archives show that we understood it well enough from the beginning. Hepworth, the Orlando bloggers, et al, are simply finding out that what we have been saying was correct.
The VOL report goes on to say:
Hepworth opined, "It is just on thirty years since these Canadian Anglicans left the Anglican Church of Canada in support of Catholic teaching and the continuation of the ARCIC dream. After so many years of sacrificial work, the wonton destruction of their communities, the absolute disregard for their ecclesial integrity, and the brutish manner in which these edicts are being communicated, are powerful disincentives to unity, in stark contrast to the clear language and intent of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus".
No, Abp. Hepworth. They did not leave to follow the dream of ARCIC, nor your pipe dreams that are now up in smoke. They left for all of the reasons stated in The Affirmation of St. Louis - a document you have yet to understand, written with ideals you have never shared.
"No, Abp. Hepworth; they did not leave the Anglican Church of Canada to pursue the ARCIC dream; they left it to Continue orthodox Anglicanism."
Spot on Fr. Hart. And I am sure that the ACCC's founding bishop, Carmino de Catanzaro, would concur. At the time of the formation of continuing Anglicanism in Canada the then Anglican Church of Canada Primate, the, for want of a better word, ineffable Ted Scott, urged us to go to Rome. Bishop de Catanzaro didn't oblige - though his loyalty to traditional Anglicanism cost him his health and, eventually, his life.