Text of Joint ACA/Anglican Use Petition for USA Ordinariate

The Anglo-Catholic is finally able to publish the full text of the joint petition to the Holy See on behalf of the Anglican Church in America (the USA province of the Traditional Anglican Communion) and the parishes of the Anglican Use for the erection of a personal ordinariate in the United States of America which was adopted at the ACA HOB Meeting in Orlando, FL in March of this year.

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The House of Bishops
of the
Anglican Church in America

The Traditional Anglican Communion
2365 NW 162nd Lane, Clive, Iowa, 50325

3 March 2010

William Cardinal Levada, Prefect
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Vatican City

Your Eminence:

During this holy season, please allow us to express to you our gratitude for your positive response of 16 December 2009 to our request of October 2007 that a way may be found leading to full visible unity of traditional Anglicans with the Holy See.

The bishops of the Anglican Church in America are now meeting in Orlando, Florida, together with Father Christopher Phillips of the Pastoral Provision ("Anglican Use"), our TAC Primate, the Most Reverend John Hepworth, and Bishop John Broadhurst of Forward in Faith, United Kingdom.

We have all read and studied with care the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum cœtibus, with the Complementary Norms, and the accompanying commentary by the Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University.

In response to your invitation to contact your Dicastery to begin the process therein contemplated, we respectfully propose the following:

  • That the Apostolic Constitution be implemented as soon as possible in the United States of America
  • We are establishing an interim Governing Council consisting of three priests from Pastoral Provision Parishes, and three priests (or bishops) from the Anglican Church in America, and we seek your endorsement of the same.
  • That this acting Governing Council be given the task and authority to propose to the Holy Father a terna for appointment of the initial Ordinary.

It is our prayer that these proposals may be of some service in setting in train the process delineated in the most welcome and gracious response of the Holy Father to our aforesaid petition.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

+Louis W. Falk (Pres.)
+John Hepworth
+Juan Garcia Germain
+George Langberg
+Brian R. Marsh
+Wellborn R. Hudson, III
+Stephen Strawn

This is endorsed by the parishes of the Pastoral Provision.
The Rev. Christopher Phillips

+Louis Campese
+Daren K. Williams
+David L. Moyer

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.

8 thoughts on “Text of Joint ACA/Anglican Use Petition for USA Ordinariate”

  1. Interesting. I'm curious why FiF in the US isn't supportive of AC the way FiF is in the UK and Australia. I guess they feel with ACNA they can maintain sufficient catholicity of worship and doctrine?

    1. FiF NA has always been a different creature to it's sister bodies in the UK and Australia, in that it's character is not primarily Anglo-Catholic. There is an low and broad church element to it that is absent in the other bodies. As such it has always been somewhat cooler on relations with Rome.

  2. Yes!!! I'm so proud to be part of this! By the way what does FiF stand for? I'm guessing it's Forward in Faith but I didn't think they existed in the US.

  3. FIF in the US is more evangelical in tone. Some members have converted over the years but their affinity seems much more to align with the Antiochian Orthodox Church in America. A mix of pentecostalism and formal high church liturgies. This church is bringing in many evangelical and Episcopal converts – and not a few Catholic converts too.

  4. A terna is a list of three (hence terna) names which some privileged cathedral chapters in Germany may send to the pope who, in his turn, may pick one of them to be the new bishop. In the anglo-catholic context it is the list of candidates of which the Holy Father picks one to be the Ordinary.

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