Austen Ivereigh writes the following at America Magazine (my bolds):
The so-called Anglican Catholic Church in Canada (ACCC), which has about 45 parishes, has written to Rome to apply for an ordinariate. Its three active bishops propose setting up a governing council to suggest a terna from which the Pope can select the Canadian ordinariate's first ordinary or canonical head.
The wording and the method of proceeding proposed in the letter suggest that Rome has told them what to write. So that appears to be how it works: Rome appoints a governing council which then advises the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) whom to appoint as ordinary.
But hang on. Where does the national bishops' conference fit into this?
When the ordinariate scheme was announced in London and Rome last year, the understanding was clearly that Anglicans seeking an ordinariate would apply to the local bishops' conference, who would then (presumably) get the go-ahead from Rome. This is not just a procedural matter. Negotiations over what is permissible and what is not in the liturgies of the ordinariates are be carried out with the bishops' conference, not with Rome. Ecclesiologically, that makes sense: the ordinariates, after all, will be part of the local Church.
We have a huge task of constantly combating misinformation and misunderstanding. Do not worry, folks. Relationships are growing with Catholic bishops in Canada, the very bishops who make up the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops! Go figure!
Here's a story in a more positive vein.
Vancouver, Canada, Mar 16, 2010 / 03:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On March 12, leaders of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) in Canada sent a letter to the Holy Father formally requesting to become unified with the Catholic Church. This initiative, says a leading bishop, is what he believes to be part of a “worldwide movement.”
Bishop Peter Wilkinson of the TAC Diocese of British Columbia, who authored the March 12 letter, discussed Pope Benedict XVI's publication of the Apostolic Constitution “Anglicanorum coetibus” with CNA in a phone interview on Monday. The document was released last year and addressed measures planned by the Vatican to allow Anglican communities to enter into communion with the Catholic Church.
When the Pope's document first came out, said Bishop Wilkinson, “I had Lutherans calling me saying, 'how do we get in on this?' And Orthodox (Christians) saying, 'how do we get in on this?'”
“It is a worldwide movement largely brought about by the vision of John Paul II” and “the wonderful, gentle firm, intellectual vision of Pope Benedict, who is such an inspiration to us,” noted the Anglican bishop.
And then! Here's a post about us from Germany, that includes a picture from our cathedral with our Bishop Carl Reid in rose vestments.
Nach der britischen und der us-amerikanischen Gruppierung der Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) hat heute auch der kanadische Zweig der Gemeinschaft, die Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (ACCC), in Rom offiziell um die Errichtung eines Ordinariates für ihre Eingliederung in die Gemeinschaft mit dem Papst gebeten. Weitere entsprechende Gesuche werden erwartet.
Die drei TAC-Gruppen, die bisher um ein Ordinariat gebeten haben, sind zahlenmäßig nicht sehr bedeutend – die Engländer haben wenig mehr als ein Dutzend, die US-Amerikaner etwa 100 und die Kanadier etwa 50 Gemeinden. aber ihr Einfluss ist größer, als diese Zahlen vermuten lassen: Wenn es ihnen gelingt, ihr historisches Erbe ohne Abstriche an der katholischen Lehre und ohne falsche Frontstellungen in die Kirche einbzubringen, werden ihnen viele andere folgen.
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