Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Big News for Anglicans

This is a big deal, people. I have only just received news of the Pope BXI's response to the TAC (Traditional Anglican Communion) regarding their petition to Rome for full communion (which was sent some months ago). I am (obviously) not a theologian or a canon lawyer, but it seems that the Holy Father is making plans to set up an almost entirely new structure within the Church--which will enable disaffected Anglican groups to maintain their particular Anglican identity and--in theory--their clergy (including married priests) and some form of their own episcopacy. A Big Deal--and a surprise for Catholics and Anglicans alike. Here is the official Vatican press release:

“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.”

Here is an article from the London Telegraph.

And Here is Father Z, who posted the letter written by a TAC (Traditional Anglican Communion) Bishop to the Holy Father.

If I learn more, I will post!

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