Father Eric Bergman, a former Anglican who converted to Rome, who shepherds a congregation of Anglicans who’ve been received into the Roman communion, predicts that the influx of Anglicans into Rome will end the Reformation. You may remember that back in October the HB reported on a decision by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the artist formerly known as the Inquisition) to provide a way for Anglicans to enter the Roman communion and retain Anglican-like worship. The WSJ has a report about a congregation in DC of Anglicans taking advantage of the new way to swim the Tiber. According to the report, one of the worshipers was moved by hearing a familiar Anglican song. The words, however, “had been carefully vetted in Rome for theological points….” In the confession of sin the phrase, ” and there is no health in us” was Removed by the Romanist censors. The WSJ says,
But Father Bergman not only predicts a mass movement toward Rome. He believes Anglican Use may mark the beginning of the end of the Reformation. There will be “a flourishing of this throughout the world,” he says. “Wherever there are Anglicans, there will be people who want to enter Holy Mother Church.” As he told a rapt audience at St. Mary’s, “If we look at histories, heresies run themselves out after about 500 years. I believe we are seeing the last gasp of the Reformation in the mainline Protestant groups.”
Bergman is willing to use the words of Cranmer, whom he calls a “despicable fellow,” if it facilitates the conversion of Anglicans.
Ryan Glomsrud, the Executive Editor of Modern Reformation, notes that this is really just another chapter in the culture and worship wars. It is, as Ryan says, “one more sad testimony that Gospel-doctrine is far from many Christians’ minds and that the direction- and pace-setting agenda of modern Christianity (even of the Roman Catholic stripe) continues to be morality and worship-style.”