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The Bladensburg Call
to Catholic Faith and Order
St. Gregory I
Celebrating the risen Christ, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church Bladensburg, Maryland
on May 12, 2001, we bear witness to the historic faith and order of the One, Holy,
Catholic and Apostolic Church of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We call upon all
loyal Anglicans to join us in supporting one another in the defense of our Catholic
inheritance, no matter what opposition we may encounter from official bodies or
appointed leaders within our churches, and at whatever personal cost may be required
of us. Appreciating our tradition of diversity in unity, we pray that all loyal Anglicans
may publicly embrace the fullness of Catholic faith and order, remembering that the
opposite of Catholic is neither Protestant nor Evangelical but Heretical.
We affirm that as Anglicans we have no faith of our own.
Happily recalling Archbishop Fisher's declaration that Anglicans have
only the Faith of the Catholic Church enshrined in the Catholic
Creeds, we reaffirm with him that authentic Anglicanism seeks only to
be the Church of the Fathers and of the undivided Councils.
We affirm that all churches within the Anglican tradition of faith and
order ought to regard themselves true provinces and local
embodiments of the Catholic Church.
Faithfulness to this tradition is witnessed by reverence for Holy
Scripture as the unalterable standard of revealed truth, orthodox
teaching, the apostolic ministry and the celebration of the two
dominical sacraments as "necessary for salvation" together with those
five others which have been universally accepted by the Catholic
Churches throughout the ages. As such, our chief standard of
Christian faith is the Vincentian Canon, the common tradition of the
Church, which has been believed by Catholic Christians,
"everywhere, always and by everyone."
We declare that churches within the Anglican tradition have neither the
authority nor the power to change the commonly accepted faith and
order of the Church.
As provinces of the whole Catholic Church, we dare not deviate from
nor make any innovations to the church's faith and order which
contradict the clear teaching of scripture, repudiate the traditional faith
and practice of the undivided church, or ignore the commonly accepted
practices of the vast majority of contemporary Christians both East
and West, and that those who make such fundamental changes or
support them remove themselves from the full communion of the
Catholic Church. By acting and teaching in ways that are heretical and
schismatic, no matter what their particular ecclesiastical allegiance
may happen to be, they create a state of impaired communion with
other Anglicans. This is especially true of those who have been given
the apostolic responsibility of proclaiming the faith once delivered to
the saints, recalling also that according to Anglican tradition official
pronouncements and laws of any provincial church are only valid so
long as they guard and enhance the authentic and historic teaching of
the Church Catholic.
We pray for a renewed Anglican participation in restoring the visible
unity of the Catholic Church.
We rejoice in the signs of a closer relationship between Eastern and
Western Christians, furthered by the Pope's recent apology for the
past sins of Western Catholics and in like manner we urge our
Anglican leaders to ask forgiveness for our own past sins of arrogance
and indifference towards the faith and order of Catholic Christians,
both East and West.