The Anglo-Catholic Mormon seems to be a paradox—a contradiction in terms. To the Anglo-Catholic, this title is confusing. The Anglo-Catholic claims historical continuity with the historical Catholic Church and Apostolic succession. The Anglo-Catholic can look back upon nearly 2,000 years of Church History and locate him or herself in this. Furthermore, the Anglo-Catholic is part of the Anglican Communion and can look fondly on the theological ramifications of the nineteenth-century Oxford Movement. Anglo-Catholicism is well-known and established. So how can Anglo-Catholicism be Mormon?
The Mormon, or Latter-day Saint, is equally perplexed by this title. Mormons affirm a belief in God which is nuanced from historical understandings of the Trinity. Mormons emphasise the narrative of a Christian Apostasy which robbed mankind of revealed religion and priesthood authority. In the nineteenth-century, there were no Mormons at Oxford—the majority of British Mormons emigrated to Utah and struggled to build a new life in Deseret. How can Mormonism be Anglo-Catholic?
At the surface, the two distinct faith traditions seem irreconcilable and perhaps they are. However, it is this blog’s purpose to explore, not the tensions between the two traditions, but Mormonism from an Anglo-Catholic-inspired reading of Church History, theology, art, music, liturgy, et cetera. This blog is written, mostly, by Latter-day Saints for a, mostly, Latter-day Saint audience.
The Anglo-Catholic Mormon is a blog dedicated to the exploration of Latter-day Saint doctrine, theology, history, and culture from a Latter-day Saint perspective—albeit one influenced by Anglo-Catholic aesthetic, theological, musical, and liturgical sympathies. This blog is not affiliated with Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the views expressed on this blog are the opinions of the authors and do not represent the views of the Church.