The Catholic faith has continued in the churches of the Anglican Communion from the early days of the English Reformation through the Caroline divines, the Non-Jurors, the old High Churchmen of the 18th and early 19th century in England, America, and the colonies, the Oxford Movement, the Ritualists, and the Prayer Book revisers of 1892 in America, and the late 1920's in England, Scotland, South Africa, India, the West Indies, and America. Bishops Seabury and Hobart, Schereskewsky in Shanghai, Gore and Frere in England, and a host of others wintessed to that faith. I learned that faith from my father and seek to witness to it in our own time.
Prayer Book Catholics find the fullness of the Catholic faith taught in the Book of Common Prayer. That faith has not been without its critics from Calvinists, Latitudinarians, and Roman Catholics. Some want to substitute for the Catholic faith taught in the Book of Common Prayer the latest teaching of the Bishop of Rome; others prefer some form of individualistic Protestantism, be it biblically conservative or rationalistic liberal.
This blog aims to be a witness to that faith as taught in the Book of Common Prayer. In the many editions of the Prayer Book a common faith can be discerned - along with some statements that can be seen from a respectful distance to be clearly culturally limited.
My name is Thomas Nelson Rightmyer. My late father, the Rev. Dr. Nelson Waite Rightmyer, (1911-1983) was professor of church history, canon law, and liturgics at the Divinity School in Philadelphia and at the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Seminary in Baltimore, author of The Anglican Church in Delaware and Maryland's Established Church and many scholarly articles. I am a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the General Theological Seminary, and hold graduate degrees from St. Mary's and the Graduate Theological Foundation. I have served in the Episcopal dioceses of Maryland, North Carolina, and Western North Carolina.