It appears one can now one can ask, "Are you a personal ordinariate?" Watch out, you could get a slap in the face in return.
There has been talk for about two years that the Traditional Anglican Communion and some other groups were in conversation with Rome about a scheme of reunion, taking Anglican sensibilities with them. Now, here it is.
The internet is abuzz of course. Just go out there and find the articles, all over the place. One of the best pieces is by Elizabeth Kaeton, titled "Hello? Anybody home?" She points out that this strange bit of news which is considered by some to be gasty news at best is coming forward at just the time that Uganda's new law making "agressive" homosexuality a capital offence. She notes that Lambeth, when it finally caught on that the Roman Catholics were making this ecclesial move, was right there with a message to the Primates. But where is the letter from Lambeth, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primates, the Episcopal Church or wherever calling the whole communion to oppose the Uganda law, a genuinely awful proposal.
If some Christians, Anglican in spirit or fact, want to become part of the Roman Catholic Church, that is mixed news. I think the RCC is a mess. It is too big, too imperial, too complex, and doesn't have much of a moral backbone about its own blindness. But still, it is a place where very many people do indeed grow in the faith. It is also time for those who miss Rome too much to go home to Rome. We will still be here as Anglicans and they know they are welcome to return again to us.
But how Christians can stand by without a shout out against NEW repressive legislation against homosexuals in Uganda or anywhere else is beyond me. Neither the Pope in Rome, the Archbishop in Canterbury or any other Church seems to have taken a stand yet. It is high time.
Elizabeth writes with better rant and greater spirit than this. Read her article HERE.
Some time ago I predicted that there was some possibility that the Archbishop of Canterbury might step down along about now. I don't think he should. But I do think the cry will go up that he ought to do so. A combination of events beyond his control and his own way of working through conflict have led to a very messy situation. He has schism within the Communion and growing conflicts at home and now there is this move from Rome. I think he should stay, but I don't think it is likely to be good for his spiritual health. It is not a job to envy these days.
What does this mean in the good ol' Episcopal Church? Who knows. Maybe now Bishops Schofield, Ackerman and Iker can think about going on to Rome. Too bad about the marriage thing, however. I'm not sure what sort of news this is for the Anglican Church in North America. Probably not good. But for The Episcopal Church? Not much here. All the reasons for being a bit leary of the Roman Catholic Church are still around. And meanwhile, TEC is I think, getting its voice back.
As usual the best gathering of stuff around this issue is found at The Lead and Thinking Anglicans.
Meanwhile, here is the Archbishop's letter culled from Ruth Gledhill's article HERE.
Note that this is different from the joint letter from the ABC and the Archbishop of Westminster.
To the Bishops of the Church of England,
and the members of the Primates Meeting of the Anglican Communion
20 October 2009
The Vatican has announced today that Pope Benedict XVI has approved an ‘Apostolic Constitution’ (a formal papal decree) which will make some provision for groups of Anglicans (whether strictly members of continuing Anglican bodies or currently members of the Communion) who wish to be received into communion with the See of Rome in such a way that they can retain aspects of Anglican liturgical and spiritual tradition.
I am sorry that there has been no opportunity to alert you earlier to this; I was informed of the planned announcement at a very late stage, and we await the text of the Apostolic Constitution itself and its code of practice in the coming weeks. But I thought I should let you know the main points of the response I am making in our local English context – in full consultation with Roman Catholic bishops in
It remains to be seen what use will be made of this provision, since it is now up to those who have made requests to the Holy See to respond to the Apostolic Constitution; but, in the light of recent discussions with senior officials in the Vatican, I can say that this new possibility is in no sense at all intended to undermine existing relations between our two communions or to be an act of proselytism or aggression. It is described as simply a response to specific enquiries from certain Anglican groups and individuals wishing to find their future within the Roman Catholic Church.
+ Rowan Cantuar