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Five Myths about Anglican Ordinariates

Great piece by Taylor Marshall at Catholic.org:

As a former Anglican priest myself, I am profoundly grateful for our Holy Father’s generous proposal toward Anglicans, 'that they all might be one' (Jn 17:21).

On October 20, 2009, the Holy See made an unexpected announcement: the Holy Father will be issuing an Apostolic Constitution (the highest form of papal document) through which he will erect personal ordinariates for Anglican clergy and laity wishing to enter the Catholic Church. While rumors about this have been stirring since 2007, the recent decision came as a surprise to most Catholics and Anglicans...
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Anonymous said...

I am able to shed some light on a few of the questions Taylor Marshall asks about the forthcoming Anglican Ordinariates.

1. He asks if the Ordinariates will be "a ten year, twenty year, or one hundred year project." I would not use the term "project," because that word connotes something that can be ended with a completion. An Apostolic Constitution is a very stable thing. It may and no doubt will be revised in the future, but it would be almost unprecedented for it to be withdrawn altogether. It must be thought of as a permanent structure, at least as permanent, for example, as a large religious order. If Anglicanism brings an internal vigor to this structure, it will have a permanent place in the Roman communion; if it has not such vigor, then it will drop away. The Apostolic Constitution has not been premised on a judgment about that.

2. The Parishes of the Pastoral Provision for the Anglican Use will be incorporated into an Anglican Ordinariate for the United States, once that has been established. The Pastoral Provision was only for the United States, so the question doesn't arise except with respect to the half dozen parishes and half dozen missions of the Pastoral Provision in the United States, which would form an anomaly and a kind of dead end were they not taken into the Ordinariate.

3. There will be a new liturgy. A special commission has been working furiously on this for some months. What emerges may be a revision, but a substantial revision, of the Book of Divine Worship now approved for use by Anglican Use parishes. Because Cardinal Levada said he expected the technical problems which have delayed the publication of the Apostolic Constitution to be resolved this week, the liturgy will be a work in progress for some time after the process of establishing the Ordinariates has begun.

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