Monday, November 09, 2009

Excerpts from Anglicanorum Coetibus

Some sentences that stand out to me at the initial reading:
In recent times the Holy Spirit has moved groups of Anglicans to petition repeatedly and insistently to be received into full Catholic communion individually as well as corporately. The Apostolic See has responded favorably to such petitions. Indeed, the successor of Peter, mandated by the Lord Jesus to guarantee the unity of the episcopate and to preside over and safeguard the universal communion of all the Churches, could not fail to make available the means necessary to bring this holy desire to realization.
The Pope is being the Pope.
Every division among the baptized in Jesus Christ wounds that which the Church is and that for which the Church exists; in fact, "such division openly contradicts the will of Christ, scandalizes the world, and damages that most holy cause, the preaching the Gospel to every creature."
No.Branch.Theory. Forget that!
It is the Holy Spirit, the principle of unity, which establishes the Church as a communion.6 He is the principle of the unity of the faithful in the teaching of the Apostles, in the breaking of the bread and in prayer....The communion of the baptized in the teaching of the Apostles and in the breaking of the eucharistic bread is visibly manifested in the bonds of the profession of the faith in its entirety, of the celebration of all of the sacraments instituted by Christ, and of the governance of the College of Bishops united with its head, the Roman Pontiff.
Yes! Visibly manifest, not just some amorphous bonds of affection (Google Windsor Report).
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is the authoritative expression of the Catholic faith professed by members of the Ordinariate.
Not the Thirty-Nine Articles of Faith.
The Ordinary, in full observance of the discipline of celibate clergy in the Latin Church, as a rule (pro regula) will admit only celibate men to the order of presbyter. He may also petition the Roman Pontiff, as a derogation from can. 277, §1, for the admission of married men to the order of presbyter on a case by case basis, according to objective criteria approved by the Holy See.
Celibacy is a gift. A priest conforms his life to Christ's. What can be more beautiful than to give one's whole life for the life of the Church? There is nothing to fear in this. Abolishing this discipline does not guarantee an increase in vocations. It is the pursuit of holiness in families that helps cultivate a young man's ability to hear the call from God. It is not the ability to be married that attracts someone to the priesthood. It's Christ's self-donation that attracts.

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