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Affirming Catholicism

Affirming Catholicism

is a movement operating in several provinces of the Anglican Communion, including the UK, Ireland, Canada, and the United States. In the US, the movement is known as Affirming Anglican Catholicism or AAC. The movement represents a liberal strand of Anglo-Catholicism and is particularly noted for holding that Anglo-Catholic belief and practice is compatible with the ordination of women. It also generally supports ordination into the threefold ministry (bishops, priests, deacons) regardless of gender or sexual orientation.[1]

The movement was formalised on 9 June 1990, at St Alban's Church Holborn in London by a number of Anglo-Catholic clergy in the Diocese of London who had been marginalised within, or expelled from, existing Anglo-Catholic groups because of their support for women's ordination to the priesthood. It developed a theological stance which was staunchly liberal in matters of inclusivity but traditionally Catholic in matters of liturgy and the centrality and theology of the sacraments whilst believing that traditional restrictions on who may receive them should be re-examined.

AAC has ties with the Inclusive Church.[2]


  • Membership and support 1
    • Presidents 1.1
    • Chairpersons 1.2
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Membership and support

Prominent supporters include Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury; as well as Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans and former Bishop suffragan-designate of Reading; both of whom have served on the executive committee of British/Irish Affirming Catholicism in recent years. In North America, bishops involved in AAC include Frank Griswold, former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church USA; Andrew Hutchison, former Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada; and Victoria Matthews, a former Canadian bishop who is now a bishop in New Zealand.


The President of Affirming Catholicism is a bishop who acts as a [3]


Affirming Catholicism is governed by a [3]

  • 2004–2007: Richard Jenkins[5]
  • 2008–2012: Jonathan Clark[6]
  • 2012–present: Rosemarie Mallett[6]

See also


  1. ^ Kelvin Randall (2005). Evangelicals Etcetera: Conflict and Conviction in the Church of England's Parties. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 42.  
  2. ^ Inclusive Church — About (Accessed 5 April 2015)
  3. ^ a b "Our Organisation". About Us. Affirming Catholicism. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "New President of Aff Cath Announced". Latest News. Affirming Catholicism. 20 December 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Revd Richard Jenkins". Biographies. Gospel Imprint. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Affirming Catholicism New Chair" (pdf). News letter. Affirming Catholicism. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 

External links

  • Affirming Catholicism UK
  • Affirming Catholicism USA
  • Anglo-Catholicism for Progressives
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