Bishop Norman hinted that we can. He highlighted that historically it has always been the minority group in the Church (take for instance the Arian controversy) that held true to the faith and who the rest of the church turned to when history had proven them right.
Of course the question is, what can we do right now? How can we celebrate our uniqueness within the Church? Perhaps its about celebrating the many achievements that the Anglo-Catholic wing of the Church of England is making. For instance:-
- Increased numbers of baptisms and confirmations.
- The increase in the number of candidates wanting to go forward for selection for training as ordained priests. (There is currently a waiting list to attend one of the annual 'God Calling' vocations conferences, organised as an initiative of Forward in Faith, Additional Curates Society, The Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament and other Catholic Societies of the Church of England.)
- Evidence of increased numbers attending Anglo-Catholic parishes.
- The growth of the Youth Conferences organised at Walsingham each year - which witness and share the faith of the Christian Church to many children and teenagers who have never had contact with the church or heard about Christ.
- The increased number of laity young and old, male and female who have joined the Society!
So, perhaps we have cause to celebrate! We have the right to continue celebrating the faith of the centuries bought to us from the Fathers of the Church all the way back to Christ himself. We have cause to celebrate as the Holy Spirit touches the hearts and minds of people being confirmed into the Church as well as encouraging new vocations towards the priesthood.
Perhaps in our celebrations we have to remind the Church of the importance of Christ, to sing His name aloud and push for a revival even greater than any past generation has seen in the past millenium. Perhaps the relevance and urgency of the words of the Mass jump out with even greater urgency now than at anytime other time - 'Go forth to love and serve the Lord!'