I hesitate to even post this, but it's been in my draft folder for three weeks, and I still have the same questions.
I've been reading everything I can on the Anglican situation. I understand most of it--the structure, etc. What I don't understand is how the Anglican liturgy is compatible with Catholicism and why it is being treated with so much respect.
I always thought that Thomas Cranmer, the architect of the Anglican "Lord's Supper" hated the theology of the Catholic Mass. Maybe this problem is being resolved quietly and that's why I haven't read anything about it.
I remember clearly how just a couple of years ago, traditional Catholics were insulted by other Catholics for their adherence to the ancient Catholic Mass. Now, great pains seem to be being taken to preserve the Anglican liturgy, and I have not read one negative remark about it.
I don't understand why the priests of the SSPX, who are celibate and receive traditional Thomistic formations, are denied canonical status, but even the married Anglican clergy will have it.
I've especially noticed that the word "schismatic" is avoided when referring to the Anglicans, although it is still used frequently by the media to describe the SSPX.
Catholic traditionalists I respect seem really happy about this re-unification, though, so I am expecting to be too.
Helpful comments are welcome.