Wednesday 17th September 2014
Fr Ed Tomlinson, leader of the Tunbridge Wells Ordinariate group, has written a talk in which he says that "by establishing the Ordinariate, Pope Benedict gave a shot in the arm to the rebuilding of authentic English Catholicism". The talk was delivered at the Tunbridge Wells group's Called To Be One event held on 7 September.
Fr Tomlinson says English Catholicism was smashed to pieces by Henry Vlll - "like a vase thrown to the ground" and he suggests that it is the task of the Ordinariate to relocate the pieces and bring them back to the whole.
He traces the history of how the base of English Catholicism survived the Reformation, thanks to the courage and faithfulness of the recusants, but how much of its life, culture and customs went missing in the centuries that followed. Fr Tomlinson says: "Anglicanism absorbed, with her broken body, fragments of the rock from which she was hewn. The recusants retained their Catholicism but lost the English way - whilst Anglicans retained aspects of the English Way but lost their Catholicism."
The talk, which must be read in full, can be found by clicking here