The post involves her reaction to a statement, from a maker of coverings who is Protestant, regarding Roman Catholics. The post then goes on to provide a helpful list of some Roman Catholics who are fine makers of quality headcoverings. The author kindly, and generously, included us in the list.
|By Nevit Dilmen [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0|
(www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
That is, making sure that my readers understand that we are Anglo-Catholic, rather than Roman Catholic...in case readers would wish to stop following the blog, or buying veils from us, on that basis. As I stated in my comment to this blog post (which I have copied for you later in this post):
While we love, respect, and honor Roman Catholicism, we do understand that there may be some Roman Catholic Christians who would not wish to have their veils made by non-Roman Catholic hands, and we want to respect and be sensitive to that.
I hope that readers will understand that I am putting this out there not because I want to differentiate myself from Catholicism. I am honored when I am, at times, mistaken for Catholic, and don't mind it one bit. However, I don't want to unintentionally mislead anyone who has missed our welcoming statements which make clear that we are Anglicans, and who may not want to read the blog, or wear our veils, on that basis.
As I stated in the blog post comment, we are very open to comments, criticisms, or suggestions as to how we might better serve our beloved Roman Catholic visitors (and Orthodox visitors also). We do not wish to offend our Catholic (or Orthodox) Christian sisters and brothers.
This whole post brings to mind a snippet from an anime that my daughter likes to watch, which depicts a character who represents England, sitting in a bar, rather inebriated. (Not that I advocate sitting in bars inebriated.) England (who is, of course, Anglican) is lamenting the complexities of the Anglican identity and whines:
"Am I Catholic or Protestant? I don't know!"The Anglican / Anglo-Catholic readers of this blog will surely appreciate the humor, because we live it daily!
I understand that there may be some of you who had not previously read my "Whom Are We?" statement on the sidebar, or our Welcome Message, and may find this information to be new, and wish to leave us. We hold no ill will toward you for it, and wish you well, dear friends. By the same token, there may be Protestant readers who are offended by this post. Anglicans tend to, unintentionally, do that: stand in the middle of the road and offend people on both sides, even though we didn't at all mean to! I just wish that we Christians would stop hurting one another, and am wounded when hurtful remarks are made from either side.
It is my most sincere prayer that the community which visits here will continue to come together, in the Spirit of Christian love and charity, to learn from, (or at least learn to appreciate and respect), one another's Christian traditions,...and stand together in mutual love and respect, as we, together, call Jesus Lord.
My comment on the blog post follows: