Cardinal William Levada
Pope Benedict is publishing an Apostolic Constitution introducing a structure to allow the establishment of "personal ordinariates" for Anglicans who wish to enter full communion with the Catholic Church.
At a Vatican press conference, Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, outlined the process by which Anglicans will be given their own pastoral supervision, the Catholic Herald reports.
"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," the Vatican statement reads.
"Today's announcement of the Apostolic Constitution is a response by Pope Benedict XVI to a number of requests over the past few years to the Holy See from groups of Anglicans who wish to enter into full visible communion with the Roman Catholic Church, and are willing to declare that they share a common Catholic faith and accept the Petrine ministry as willed by Christ for his Church, a joint statement by Westminster Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Canterbury Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams.
"Pope Benedict XVI has approved, within the Apostolic Constitution, a canonical structure that provides for Personal Ordinariates, which will allow former Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of distinctive Anglican spiritual patrimony.
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Vatican reveals plan to welcome disaffected Anglicans (National Catholic Reporter)
Vatican moves to poach traditional Anglicans (Times Online)
Pope opens door for Anglican defectors (ABC/AFP)
Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith releases note about Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans entering the Catholic Church (Joint statement by the Archbishop of Westminster and the Archbishop of Canterbury)
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