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Vatican City, Oct 20, 2009 / 05:11 am (CNA).- In a Vatican press conference today, Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, announced that an Apostolic Constitution has been prepared in response to “many requests” from groups of Anglican clergy and faithful wanting to enter into full communion with the Church.

The Apostolic Constitution, which Cardinal Levada said “provides a reasonable and even necessary response to a world-wide phenomenon”, will be a “single canonical model for the universal Church which is adaptable to various local situations and equitable to former Anglicans in its universal application.”

The new canonical structure will allow former Anglicans to enter into full communion with the Church while “preserving elements of distinctive Anglican spiritual patrimony,” said Cardinal Levada. He added that it will allow married former Anglican clergy to be ordained however, in common with Catholic and Orthodox Churches, married clergy will not be allowed to be ordained bishops.

These ‘Personal Ordinariates’ will be formed, “as needed, in consultation with local Conferences of Bishops, and their structure will be similar in some ways to that of the Military Ordinariates which have been established in most countries to provide pastoral care for members of the armed forces and their dependents throughout the world”, the cardinal prefect said.

He added: “The provision of this new structure is consistent with the commitment to ecumenical dialogue which continues to be a priority for the Catholic Church, particularly through the efforts of the Pontifical Council for Promotion of Christian Unity.”

One large group of breakaway Anglicans which has been requesting a formal structure to be corporately received into the Catholic Church has been the Traditional Anglican Communion, made up of an estimated 400,000 members worldwide.

Cardinal Levada explained that this initiative “has come from a number of different groups of Anglicans.” He went on to say: “They have declared that they share the common Catholic faith as it is expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and accept the Petrine ministry as something Christ willed for the Church. For them the time has come to express this implicit unity in the visible form of full communion.”

Cardinal Levada added: “It is the hope of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, that the Anglican clergy and faithful who desire union with the Catholic Church will find in this canonical structure the opportunity to preserve those Anglican traditions precious to them and consistent with the Catholic faith. Insofar as these traditions express in a distinctive way the faith that is held in common, they are a gift to be shared in the wider Church. The unit of the Church does not require a uniformity that ignores cultural diversity, as the history of Christianity shows. Moreover, the many diverse traditions present in the Catholic Church today are all rooted in the principle articulated by St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians: ‘There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism.”

Archbishop Augustine DiNoia, former under-secretary at the CDF until recently who helped draft the new structure, said: “We’ve been praying for unity for 40 years. Prayers are being answered in ways we did not anticipate and the Holy See cannot not respond to this movement of the Holy Spirit for those who wish communion and whose tradition is to be valued.”

He said there has been a “tremendous shift” in the ecumenical movement and “these possibilities weren’t seen as they are now”. He rejected accusations that the new Anglicans be described as dissenters. “Rather they are assenting to the movement of the Holy Spirit to be in union with Peter, with the Catholic Church,” he said.

Technical details still need to be worked out, and these Personal Ordinariates may vary in their final form, Archbishop DiNoia said. Full details of the Apostolic Constitution will be released in a few weeks but today’s press conference went ahead today because it had been planned sometime ago.

Cardinal Levada said 20-30 bishops have made requests, but more details will be given at a later date. Members of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity were consulted and although they were invited to attend today’s press conference, no representatives were able to attend.
I don't like the sound of this one bit!!
Somethoins very fichie.
Its taken what like 20 years for the the Vatican to even consider doctrinal discussions with the SSPX let alone start them (though it start very soon), yet these anglicans get in after what 2 years of contact? Anyhoo the time is not the clinch of what I'm saying. Interested to see what these anglicans will be keeping.
My tradie sense is tingling all over because of this
Sip
Any fornmer anglicans in the tank who could shed some light on what so called "traditions" the might keep?
I think they have the Tridentine Mass entirely in English.

And yes, my traddie sense doesn't quite know what to make of it yet either.
Great! Many Trad Anglicans are more Catholic than a lot of NO Catholics, so this is a good thing to me. Although I agree that it irks me that the SSPX has had so much trouble and these guys get it done very quickly...

(10-20-2009, 10:11 AM)devotedknuckles Wrote: [ -> ]I don't like the sound of this one bit!!
Somethoins very fichie.
Its taken what like 20 years for the the Vatican to even consider doctrinal discussions with the SSPX let alone start them (though it start very soon), yet these anglicans get in after what 2 years of contact? Anyhoo the time is not the clinch of what I'm saying. Interested to see what these anglicans will be keeping.
My tradie sense is tingling all over because of this
Sip
Any fornmer anglicans in the tank who could shed some light on what so called "traditions" the might keep?

I think they would keep some aspects of their liturgy (which is very similar to the Tridentine Rite).

Whether it makes my trad senses tingle or not, I'm excited to see this happen!  These were basically the only Anglicans that worshipped on Sunday, anways.  What is left in England for the Queen to command now?
(10-20-2009, 10:11 AM)devotedknuckles Wrote: [ -> ]Its taken what like 20 years for the the Vatican to even consider doctrinal discussions with the SSPX let alone start them (though it start very soon), yet these anglicans get in after what 2 years of contact?

I don't think it's really comparable. The SSPX is already "in", anyway. They're just in a complicated situation.

Quote:Any fornmer anglicans in the tank who could shed some light on what so called "traditions" the might keep?

I'm not a former Anglican, but my regular parish is "Anglican use", and based on that, they retain much of the Book of Common Prayer in a Catholic-approved sacramentary called the Book of Divine Worship. I think that's pretty much it.

This new development will probably lead to revisions of the BDW, which might include the addition of the "English Missal" (basically the Tridentine Mass, but in hieratic "thee and thou" English) and/or the Sarum Use.


BrevisVir55 Wrote:Many Trad Anglicans are more Catholic than a lot of NO Catholics

Sometimes even more trad than the trads, liturgically speaking.
Oh do tell.
And yes HK I'm well aware that the SSPX is already in. I was just tryin to make a point. Anyhoo this still is fishie
Sip
So only "traditional" Anglicans are welcomed... did they establish a definition of "traditional?" I mean, if they're so traditional and would love a communion with the Catholic Church, why can't they just join the Catholic Church? I really hope they had very, very clear definitions of what makes up a traditional Anglican...

So the female priests and the adherents of homosexuality in the Anglican church are not welcome...
Who's getting the loot? Ie land, churches, bank accounts?
Seems this will get ugly and end up in ligel attrition for a few hundred years.
Sip
Well I know that bishops sign the deeds to all properties that are part of a diocese, so not sure how that would actually work.
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