Anglican assimilation of RomePosted 19 September 2010 by Bob Chapman
On Sunday, September 19, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI declared the Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman to be Blessed in a mass at Birmingham Oratory. This is the next to last step before the Blessed Newman becomes St. John Henry Newman.
This means that Anglicanism has almost completed its primary mission since the time of Elizabeth I, the assimilation of Rome. Resistance is futile.
Newman has been called the Father of the Second Vatican Council because “he anticipated key themes of the Council.” One of those things was for the Second Vatican Council to put a check on the power of Papal Infallibility in the First Vatican Council. The fact that the former head of the Inquisition appears to be embracing and promoting Newman shows how good of a secret agent Newman was.
While on the way to the Eucharist this morning, I decided to listen to the radio coverage on ETWN of the Beatification of Newman. The commentators quoted this from Newman:
I insist on this because I think it will simplify our views, and fix our exertions on a definite aim. If you ask me what you are to do in order to be perfect, I say, first—Do not lie in bed beyond the due time of rising; give your first thoughts to God; make a good visit to the Blessed Sacrament; say the Angelus devoutly; eat and drink to God’s glory; say the Rosary well; be recollected; keep out bad thoughts; make your evening meditation well; examine yourself daily; go to bed in good time, and you are already perfect. (“A Short Road to Perfection,” retrieved 19 September 2010)
This goes beyond Anglican. It is Methodist.
Let us strongly and explicitly exhort all believers to go on to perfection. That we may all speak the same thing, we ask once for all, Shall we defend this perfection or give it up? (John Wesley, An Account of Christian Perfection, page 3, retrieved 19 September 2010)
The best example of the assimilation is something I heard this afternoon on the radio. I had left the car radio on the Seattle area EWTN radio station. When turning the car on, I heard some nuns poorly but piously singing, “Lead, Kindly Light.” There was applause after they finished.
Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead thou me on;
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead thou me on;
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene: one step enough for me.
I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose, and see my path; but now
Lead thou me on.
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.
So long thy power hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on,
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost a while.
Those words did not exactly come from Newman’s Oxford Movement days.You know that when pious-sounding nuns on a EWTN program are singing an Evangelical hymn, the Newman’s assignment of the Anglican Assimilation of Rome is well on its way.
If any of you doubt me, Benedict XVI with his timing of this signaled Rome’s surrender to Canterbury. The day before the Beatification of Newman, September 18, is the feast day of Edward Bouverie Pusey. After Newman was sent on his mission of Anglican Assimilation, Pusey took over the leadership of the Oxford Movement. What more evidence do you need?
We will see if the Archbishop of Canterbury will send a pallium to the Bishop of Rome after the assimilation is complete.
When the assimilation is complete, this is how those nuns are going to sing Newman’s words.
Remember that Benedict XVI likes good music. We have him where we want him.