Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626) – Bishop of Ely, Chichester
As Catholic Anglicans, our belief in the Gospel of Jesus Christ emanates from Holy Scripture in conformity to the unbroken Tradition of the Church as expressed by the Church Fathers, the Creeds, General Councils and historic liturgy as preserved in the Book of Common Prayer. We adhere to the rule of faith laid down by St. Vincent of Lérins:
Let us hold that which has been believed everywhere, always and by all, for that is truly and properly Catholic.
The particulars of this rule of faith are laid out in the Affirmation of St. Louis, a statement (of which our Archbishop Emeritus is a co-signor) that affirms the commitment of traditional Anglicans to orthodox Christianity as defined in the doctrinal teachings of the undivided Church, all of which fit into Andrewes’ “boundaries” cited above.
He is the true and genuine Catholic who loves the truth of God, who loves the Church, who loves the Body of Christ, who esteems divine religion and the Catholic Faith above every thing, above the authority, above the regard, above the genius, above the eloquence, above the philosophy of every man whatsoever. — St. Vincent of Lérins (5th Century)
We profess the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Faith professed by the whole Church before the disunion of East and West; more particularly, as professed by the Church of England as it stands distinguished from all papal and puritan innovations, and as it adheres to the doctrine of the Cross. — Thomas Ken (1637-1711) – Bishop of Bath and Wells
We have returned to the Apostles and the old Catholic Fathers. We have planted no new religion, but only preserved the old that was undoubtedly founded and used by the Apostles of Christ and other holy fathers of the Primitive Church. — John Jewel (1522-1571) – Bishop of Salisbury
We and our people, thanks be to God, follow no novel and strange religions but that very religion which is ordained by Christ, sanctioned by the primitive and Catholic Church and approved by the consentient mind and voice of the most early Fathers. — Elizabeth I, 1563