Fr. Thomas Rosica interviewed William Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, during his recent visit to Canada. During the interview, Cardinal Levada was asked about the Holy Father's Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus. This section of the interview begins at 17'20".
When asked how the faithful ought to interpret the meaning of Anglicanorum Coetibus, Cardinal Levada, rather than going into great detail, answers simply that the Apostolic Constitution establishes the only the ground rules for a new structure.
Well, I think the constitution itself creates some outlines for the establishment of personal ordinariates.
The new personal ordinariates, in a similar fashion to the existing military ordinariates, with their own bishops or ordinaries, will be erected to ensure that the Anglican faithful receive…
…pastoral care in accord with their own traditions and usages and so forth.
Cardinal Levada characterized the current moment in this way:
We're in a phase now of discernment, I would say. The Anglicans that have come to us are discerning whether this seems to be right for them. This is a spiritual commitment that I think we have all looked forward to through the 45 years of ecumenical dialogue after the Second Vatican Council. I think the underlying idea is that, if people are ready, even in groups, not only as individuals, to celebrate and experience the unity that Christ wanted for His Church, that we should not create any obstacles for them, but rather try to open the doors as best we can.
And kudos to Fr. Rosica for actually taking the time to learn how to pronounce the name of the Apostolic Constitution. Hopefully other interviewers will now follow his lead and do their homework before appearing on-air. Great job, Salt + Light TV!
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