Forward in Christ is the bi-monthly magazine of Forward in Faith North America, upholding the Faith and Order of the undivided Church. As such:
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, Order and Morals 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.
Taken from the Call to Catholic Faith and Order, issued at the first U.S. Festival of Faith, Bladensburg, MD, 2001.
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