TAC Formally Requests Personal Ordinariate for USA

The House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in America, the American Province of the Traditional Anglican Communion, have issued the following press release.

Orlando, FL – 1 pm EST – Bp. George Langberg

Released by the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in America, Traditional Anglican Communion 3 March 2010

We, the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in America of the Traditional Anglican Communion have met in Orlando, Florida, together with our Primate and the Reverend Christopher Phillips of the "Anglican Use" Parish of Our Lady of the Atonement (San Antonio, Texas) and others.

At this meeting, the decision was made formally to request the implementation of the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum cœtibus in the United States of America by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Author: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organized the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. He is also the CEO of Three Fish Consulting, LLC, an Information Technology consultancy based in Orlando, FL. He can be reached via email at ccampbell at threefish dot co.

56 thoughts on “TAC Formally Requests Personal Ordinariate for USA”

  1. Have requests come in from Australia and the UK as well?

    Sorry, I have journalist brain and I upload fast and download memory files just as fast.

    This is great news! Hallelujah!

  2. Yet another building block achieved on the road to unity.
    Thank you for your decision; prayers answered!

  3. Thanks be to God. I think that Father Phillips maybe played a large part in informing these members of TAC not to fear becoming part of an Ordinariate. He has been closely associated with some of the Bishops and what it is to be part of the Catholic Church and could clarify how the Anglican Use has been accepted by several of the Dioceses.

    I hope there will be a list online of all the parishes who will be involved in the Ordinariate, that would be very helpful to us who have a TAC parish close enough to attend once they are received into the Church.

  4. It is a great day for the Church. Lets hope by year's end that all will be finalized so that I as a Roman Catholic can attend an Anglican Use Mass at a TAC/ACA church in nearby New Hampshire…

  5. I am overjoyed to see this news as well, and my impression is that this is actually ahead of the schedule Abp Hepworth set earlier in the process, thanks be to God. One could even say, in one of our quaint Texian colloquialisms, that the ACA has jumped on [i.e. embraced] the Pope's offer faster than a duck jumps on [i.e., attacks] a June Bug. On a related note, our pastor at Our Lady of Walsingham here in Houston (sister parish of O.L. Atonement in the Anglican Usage) reported to the parish that he has already sent a letter to Cardinal Levada on behalf of the parish expressing our desire to be included in the Ordinariate when it is erected. I foresee great things ahead.

  6. GREAT NEWS!!! May Our Lord provide flowing seas and a gentle breeze at your back. For my part, I will keep the rosaries coming.

    God Bless

  7. Interesting news ……. but who will look after the TAC parishes whilst the clergy are tested/trained for ordination and wait for permission from Rome?

    Will any of the parishes leave TAC?

    What will happen to those in irregular marriages and former Roman Catholics currently in TAC?

    1. Quite honestly, I find converted Evangelicals so boring as a rule, with their Counter-Reformation apologetics. Google is very useful for finding things out….

      Like many others here, I will also ask you where you are getting your information. I suppose it will be no answer as usual.

      Sorry, mate, this isn't Hyde Park Corner!

  8. To those involved in the talks. Thank you!!
    The trickle will become a mighty flood.
    This is an answer to the Lord's prayer at the hour of his passion. Thank all of you for your continued prayers.
    God bless you.

  9. I'm going to pray Evening Prayer out of the Anglican Service Book tonight in celebration. One question that always come to mind when I use this very fine book is, why is the Daily Office lectionary not included? As a practical matter, this means that one has to use the Daily Office Readings book (green covers, with RSV text), or the Daily Office (black, also with RSV) book or refer over to a 1979 BCP for the lectionary, and then go to the Bible for the text; or download from the net. All most cumbersome. If Bishop Moyer or someone else from Good Shepherd is reading, maybe they can let us know what they do there.

      1. Yes, but Mr. Smith's volume, as published on Lulu, does not include the office lessons at Mattins and Evensong. I have heard tell that the ACCC would like to include the full lessons from the RSV-CE in a forthcoming multivolume edition, but that would require permission from the holder of copyright on the RSV.

    1. The Daily Service Book (mattins & evensong and the 1922 lectionary (AV) all printed out) is available second hand in all shapes and sizes. There is also the English Office, available second hand, with the same lectionary and lots of other things – antiphons, office hymns, etc, which is very elegantly produced but a bit small for my taste.

  10. I looked at some ACA web sites and some parishes are very committed to the 1928 prayer Book….some even talk of the 39 articles! One web site tried to trace Anglicanism to the Celtic Church and was quite anti-Roman catholic. I would like to know are there ACA parishes who are not happy with the Roman option?

  11. For everyone's edification, one of many quotes from Robert Ian Williams on other Anglican sites:

    "I find it incredible how some Evangelicals can place themselves under a bishop who believes in the sacrifice of the Mass, prayers for the dead and to the Saints… "

    Mr Williams – I find it rather lame for you to log onto this site and post these childish talking points. You clearly have an agenda, why not be honest with everyone on this forum and come right out with it?

    Fr. Chadwick clearly called you on this several posts ago, he was just too charitable to do so directly.

  12. My comment was about Jim Packer, a convinced Anglican evangelical who has placed himself under an Anglo-catholic bishop in the Anglican Church in North America. However his whole life and ministry negate what Anglo Catholics believe and hold precious and sacred.

    For instance Jim Packer has never once in his life prayed for a dead person let alone offered a Mass for their soul. He has never prayed to a Saint, which he regards as a contradiction of the 39 articles..yet his new Bishop is a devotee of Outr lady of Walsingham.

    That is a quite legitimate point to raise..as is my question about several of the ACA parishes which are clearly more Anglican than Anglo-Catholic. It will be interesting to see if they go along with the Ordinariate.

    Naturally as a Catholic I want people to be reconciled to the Catholic Church. My prayers go out for all people on the journey to full communion with the Catholic Church.

    1. No it is not legitimate, because ACNA and ACA are not the same thing! If you don't know enough about the topic of the continuing Anglican churches to make that distinction, you should show more humility in your questions.

      1. In any case Mr Williams, surely the truth will out?

        You'll see the answers to all your questions as the realities materialise, isn't it unrealistic to expect answers now? But there are resourceful people on board.

        1. I think that this is exactly right. Throughout this process I will try to be like a humble lily in the field, taking one day and one step at a time.

          I'm not smart enough to see all possible outcomes, months and years away. I cannot see around corners. For instance, I wasn't smart enough to see the Ordinariates structure. I could see Opus Dei's structure and the different Rite's structure but I didn't see how they would be turned into something different.

          So, I'll take one prayerful step at a time and trust that He wants us to be unified. If we listen to Him, and not the voices in our heads which always spin scary what-if scenarios, I think that we will come out all right. I intend, hard as it is, to be one of those one-day-at-a-time lilies.

  13. We should not be so concerned with what the parishes will do while their priests are preparing for ordination, we just have to look at the Anglican Use parishes, they managed just fine. I am sure they had rough times, but that is to be expected.

    Since this is a move of the Holy Spirit, He will be taking care of all our concerns.

    Personally I am so very happy and although realize that there will be hurdles ahead, in the end all will be well.

  14. When will the details be announced? Is there a timeline, subject I know to change, of how things will be progressing from today?

  15. "The expense is reckoned, the enterprise is begun; it is of God; it cannot be withstood. So the faith was planted: So it must be restored." -Campion's brag

  16. Dear Brothers and Sisters,
    You are very welcome in the Church of Christ!
    Our differences will be a reachness for all and your liturgy tradition will be for us a meditation on our "poor" liturgy.

    Milan, Italy

  17. Gaudemus in Domino

    I pray the Lord, perché questi fratelli, che non hanno subito gli effetti delle derive del post-concilio Vaticano II, siano preservati dalle 'contaminazioni'…

    Translation: [I pray the Lord that these brethren, who have not suffered the effects of the post Vatican II Council drifts, may be preserved from the 'contaminations'…]

    1. Amen Myriam.

      Puo darsi che sia proprio in questa contesto che si manifestano le ricchezze della tradizione anglicana.

      English- Maybe this is the precise context in which the riches of the Anglican tradition will reveal themselves.

  18. Those who think that Forward in Faith UK has committed itself to an ordinariate are mistaken. However now a group called, “Friends of the Ordinariate”; which is commended by, and linked to, the FiFUK website. It is involved in prayer and discernment and is open to members of all the Anglican churches in the UK and Ireland as well as to members of the TAC. People like me who are (thanks be to God!) already Catholics are also invited to register with them as “Supporters”.

  19. I am excited by this news but also I think it may not be as revolutionary as some believe it to be. I agree that many of the TAC parishes are not particularly traditional in their choice of music or vestments and theology possibly… They may use the 1928 book of common prayer but that doesnt mean theyre as nearly orthodox as an FSSP extraordinary form parish. Some will be, some will not be, I predict that some Anglican Ordinariate Churches may contain almost as many difficulties as does a typical "ordinary form" (novus ordo) parish. So while it is a great step, I will not let it go to my head as anything that transformative. It is western christianity as a whole that is weakened from our modern technological luxuries, no one is immune.

    1. I'm really delighted to see this point being made – there's nothing in the AC that says it's only for traditional parishes but for Anglicans.

      In theory then the diversity of those applying to join the Ordinariate may be equal to the diversity of the Catholic Church as is – a bad thing?

  20. My father reminded me as a child that first and formost I was a Catholic first, rather than an Anglican. My dad understood the words in the Nicene Creed; he was neither a parrot nor a hypocrite! He beleived what he recited. As a result I am a Catholic, and today , by the grace of God, I am a priest in the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada. I endorse and support the offer of the Roman Church. However, I am forever reminded that, as human beings, we don't know everything; we live in a world of arrogance, bias, and prejudice. So be it! God's mind is not our mind? As a confessing Catholic, I welcome the initiative of the Roman Catholic Church and my continued prayer is that we will achieve the unity that our Lord and Saviour prayed for.

    In Christ,
    Father Fabian

  21. i am anglican and i am all for unity but i do not believe the pope is infallible ex cathedra or not. please explain to me how to remain anglican while accepting papal infallibility?

    1. A Catholic mind, believes what the Church teaches. Have you actually read what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say about Infallibility or are you going on what YOU THINK it says?


      1. In re-reading this, I think it may come across with a difference in tone than what I meant.

        I offer this as an honest question trying to be helpful.

        I have seen numerous cases of people who THOUGHT they did not accept Papal Infallibility that have changed their minds after reading what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches.

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