Apostolic Constitution on Anglicans

Written by Joel on November 10th, 2009

Here it is… APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION ANGLICANORUM COETIBUS PROVIDING FOR PERSONAL ORDINARIATES FOR ANGLICANS ENTERING INTO FULL COMMUNION WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Read it for yourself before the media misleads you. It is a quick read.

Bottom line, it simply streamlines a process that is happening already: Anglicans entering the Catholic church. This constitution makes it easier for larger groups to do so. But don’t be mislead by the media’s claims that priests will now be allowed to marry or that women priests are now a possibility. The document is clear that the ex-Anglicans will be unmistakeably Catholic: submission to the Pope, The Code of Canon Law, The Catechism, etc.

Also don’t be fooled that this is some great ecumenical accomplishment. This is not an agreement between Rome and Canterbury like full communion agreements between other Christian traditions (see especially Lutheran – Episcopal or from my tradition Disciples – United Church of Christ). The Catholic Church has simply spelled out a clear way for disillusioned Anglicans to enter the Catholic Church; to leave Anglicanism and enter Catholicism. Remember, something that has been happening since there was an Anglican communion to speak of.

Finally, this is not the end of the Anglican Communion as some have suggested. The ultra-conservative Anglicans who may take up this offer are a small percentage of the world-wide Anglican Communion. But then, this piece will yet to be seen. I do not foresee a mass exodus to Rome however.

For further reading:

My comments prior to the publication of the Constitution.

Vatican Allows Anglican Dress-up (blog by Bosco Peters). This is a humourous (he’s from New Zealand) take on the news from the perspective of an Anglican priest – I doubt he will be taking up the Vatican’s offer.

Angling Up The Tiber (Audio) – The Catholic Underground Podcast. These guys are very good at keeping up with current events and ask the right questions. I commend their other episodes to you as well.


 

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