Pope establishes structure for Anglicans uniting with Rome
By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI has established a special structure for Anglicans who want to be in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church while preserving aspects of their Anglican spiritual and liturgical heritage, said U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada.
The cardinal, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said a new apostolic constitution would establish "personal ordinariates" -- similar to dioceses -- to oversee the pastoral care of those who want to bring elements of their Anglican identity into the Catholic Church with them.
Anglican priests who are married may be ordained Catholic priests, but married Anglican bishops will not be able to function as Catholic bishops in keeping with the long-standing Catholic and Orthodox tradition of ordaining only unmarried clergy as bishops, Cardinal Levada said.
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The usual “attack dogs” of the media are, not surprisingly, trying spin this positive story into an assault on the Church on two distinct fronts:
1.) This move solidifies the Church as “homophobic” and anti-women.
"Ecclesiastical kindergarten games
By: John Shelby Spong
Former Bishop, Episcopal Diocese oF Newark
Washington Post On-Line
In the recent communication between the Pope, Benedict XVI, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, which will allow Anglicans to become Roman Catholics with an "Anglican Twist," we have a sad picture of how out-of-date and irrelevant institutional Christianity has become. Here we have two unimpressive Christian leaders, rooted deeply in yesterday, jockeying publicly to see who can be the most prejudiced about the role of women and the place of homosexual people in the life of the Christian Church. It would be amusing if it were not so ludicrous."
2.) This move is incongruous as it will allow married Anglican priests to become “Catholic” priests.
"Catholic Church Makes 'Stunning' Move
By JAMES GRAFF, World Editor
(Oct. 20) -- The number of married Catholic priests could grow sharply as the result of the Vatican's epochal decision to welcome thousands of disaffected Anglicans and Episcopalians into the Catholic Church.
"It's a stunning turn of events," says Lawrence Cunningham, theology professor at Notre dame University. "This decision will allow for many more married clergy in Western churches, and that's going to raise anew the question, 'If they can do it, why can't the priests of Rome ?,'" says Cunningham."
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Despite this obfuscation on the part
of most of the media, this is truly
Saint Thomas More, pray for your countrymen!
Martyrs of England & Wales pray for us.