Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Apostolic Consititution for Anglicans Coming into Full Communion

From the Holy See:
NOTE OF THE CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH ABOUT PERSONAL ORDINARIATES FOR ANGLICANS ENTERING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

With the preparation of an Apostolic Constitution, the Catholic Church is responding to the many requests that have been submitted to the Holy See from groups of Anglican clergy and faithful in different parts of the world who wish to enter into full visible communion.

In this Apostolic Constitution the Holy Father has introduced a canonical structure that provides for such corporate reunion by establishing Personal Ordinariates, which will allow former Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of the distinctive Anglican spiritual and liturgical patrimony. Under the terms of the Apostolic Constitution, pastoral oversight and guidance will be provided for groups of former Anglicans through a Personal Ordinariate, whose Ordinary will usually be appointed from among former Anglican clergy.
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UPDATE 9:20 EDT
Comments by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Comments at Rorate Cæli here, and newest ones here.

And here at New Liturgical Movement.

As a former Anglican, I am very happy that this route has been established by our Holy Father for reunion with the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

May God be praised and his great name be glorified throughout the world!

And long live Pope Benedict XVI!

2 comments:

Dan Hunter said...

Long reign His Supreme Holiness Benedict XVI!!!

Mark in Spokane said...

Amen! What a great day, for the Church as a whole, for the Anglicans, for those of us with a strong appreciation for Anglican worship and the literary tradition of the Anglican Communion. I have prayed for this day -- I am glad to see that it has finally happened!

Thanks be to God for our Holy Father.

Venerable John Henry Newman, pray for us and for the return of faithful Anglicans to the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church in union with the Bishop of Rome!