Damian Thompson: Traditional Anglicans must face reality

Damian Thompson has a few words for traditional Anglicans still agitating for concessions from Canterbury: The Anglican Church will eventually ordain women. Either accept that, or leave.

I am not saying that if you are an Anglo-Catholic who opposes women’s ordination then you must now seek to join the Ordinariate that Pope Benedict has set up for ex-Anglicans….

But if you are an Anglo-Catholic who wants to stay in the Church of England, then surely it’s time to drop these fantastical demands for oversight from a bishop “untainted” by women’s ordination. You can’t simultaneously believe that the C of E is the English branch of the Catholic Church and hold that it has been led astray on a matter as basic as the ordination of women bishops, presbyters and deacons. You don’t have to go rushing into the arms of Affirming Catholicism, but you do have to face reality — for the first time since 1992.

It’s time to abandon that bridge, Horatius.


Brian Saint-Paul


Brian Saint-Paul was the editor and publisher of Crisis Magazine. He has a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America, in Washington. D.C. In addition to various positions in journalism and publishing, he has served as the associate director of a health research institute, a missionary, and a private school teacher. He lives with his wife in a historic Baltimore neighborhood, where he obsesses over Late Antiquity.

  • Kamilla


    You and Damian Thompson are absolutely correct. The church I attend when I am in London (which is far too infrequent for my satisfaction) is very Anglo-Catholic, in fact it is probably more like what is sometimes called Anglo-Papalist. I am interested to watch what happens with their relationship to Rome. If they are true to what I have observed of their beliefs, they should be among the firs to complete the journey across that bridge.

    Here in Colorado the Anglican spectrum seems to span the frankly apostate TEC to the pretension to orthodoxy of the break-away groups like the Anglican Mission (which has a strong presence here) to the mother parish of the Anglican Catholic church which seems to be Catholic in all but allegiance to the Holy See.