Big news , not entirely surprising, out of the Vatican today:
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.....
From The Primate Of The TAC
Lots of commentary out there....
The Curt Jester
While we were in Prince Edward Island this summer, a married Anglican priest we knew became a married Catholic priest for the PEI Diocese.We attended Martin Carter's ordination at St. Dunstan's Basilica, which was accomplished with 'special permission' from the Vatican, after several years of preparation. Although Fr.Carter's conversion was more a result of personal reflection than any dissatisfaction with his Anglican experience, I wonder how today's events might have altered his journey.
As a Catholic with an Anglican husband whose brother is an Anglican priest, and whose father was an Anglican Canon (before becoming an Orthodox Archpriest), I am also wondering what this all means for my entire family!
More interesting times ahead!
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