Today the Vatican announced that 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,” as explained by the American Papist.
This is very exciting news for Catholics and Anglicans alike – a “corporate reunion” of sorts – that was issued in response to requests from groups of Anglicans who have requested “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.”
The Vatican website explains that the new Constitution
“will allow former Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of the distinctive Anglican spiritual and liturgical patrimony.”
Reports of this development are breaking by religious and secular media alike, and GetReligion.org has a very good piece up by Scripps Howard reporter Terry Mattingly.
YouTube is hosting a new video with Archbishop of Canterbury responding to the Holy Father’s new Apostolic Constitutionat a Ecclestone Square press conference , and Zenit has posted a joint statement issued by Anglican and Catholic Archbishops as well.