THE ANGLICAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Metropolitan Archbishop and Acting Primate
The Most Reverend Mark Haverland M.A., Ph.D.
Missionary Diocese of Australia and New Zealand
Episcopal Visitor and Vicar General
Dr. The Right Reverend Denis I. D. Hodge
The Anglican Catholic Church was established following a Congress of Concerned Churchmen in the wake of a more liberal theology accepted by the worldwide Anglican Communion. Those who met at St. Louis, Missouri in the United States of America on September 17, 1977 declared an Affirmation of Belief now called The Affirmation of St. Louis. The first Bishops of the Church were consecrated in Denver, Colorado, United States of America on 28 January, 1978.
The Anglican Catholic Church in Australia was established in 1987 and in New Zealand in 1988. The Episcopal Visitor to the Missionary Diocese of Australia and New Zealand was received into the Anglican Catholic Church (Original Province) in 1989, consecrated bishop in 1993, elected Vicar General in 2013 and Episcopal Visitor in 2014. The Bishop lives in New Zealand.
The Missionary Diocese of Australia and New Zealand within the Anglican Catholic Church (Original Province) continues to steadfastly maintain the Anglican expression of the Catholic faith. The Worship of the Church is contained within The Book of Common Prayer in its 1549 English, 1928 American or 1962 Canadian editions, as well as various Anglican Missals. The Church maintains the Apostolic Order of Bishop, Priest and Deacon.
From earliest Apostolic times to the present day,the history of the whole Christian Church is interspersed with theological disagreement. Discord has too often been the cause of disunity where unity in the Church was intended. At this time in history,you may reasonable ask 'why create an Anglican Catholic Church', even the name of which is a seeming confusion of ecclesial titles sufficient to compound disunity in the Church of God.
The earliest years of the third millennium continues to record a fall in observance of the Faith and Practice of the Christian Church. Tensions between Churches continue to exist and climb sharply with other faith-systems. Prophetic revelation of the Will and Wisdom of God revealed in Christ Jesus has been set aside in a search for human self-fulfillment and satisfaction. The Community of people who seek Divine Revelation and are ready to obey the Commandments of God in their lives have increasingly become the subject of satire and mimicry.
At the same time, humanity shows many signs of an innate search for the Divine. The hand of Adam reaching out to grasp the finger of God in Michelangelo's masterpiece 'The Creation of Adam', powerfully symbolizes the yearning of humanity for the unknowable nature of God. The Institutional Church (whatever denomination) has to ask "why is the Faith expressed in the life and worship of the Church unheeded by many God fearing people?"
The Anglican Tradition has certainly been afflicted by the onslaughts of credal disbelief and critical sociopolitical influence. At times the Church has responded wonderfully with a reassertion of the Gospel of Christ sufficient to inflame human hearts in their seeking for a renewed knowledge of God. It is also true that disbelief, persecution and socio-political influence have each affected the universal (catholic) worldwide Church.
For Christians, who find their spiritual strength in the dogmatic teachings of the Church, in its biblical understanding of being the mystical Body of Christ, and in the Sacraments which are its life-giving-force, the time had arrived to firmly reassert a traditional and orthodox understanding of Faith. The Anglican Catholic Church was born in a quest to maintain the fullness of the historic Anglican tradition of the Catholic faith.
The Anglican Catholic Church does not condemn nor detract from any soul seeking to know the Love of God in another way. Members of this Church live to declare that which we believe and those of other persuasions will do similarly. A pivotal prayer for every member of the Church is to intercede for the unity of the Church according to the mind of Christ. We pray for all who are seeking a knowledge and love of God and most especially for all who 'ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein,and ye shall find rest for yours. Jer 6.xvi.
Diocese of Australia and New Zealand.
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