The Traditional Anglican Church, the TAC province for England, Scotland, and Wales, and the first to signal the acceptance of the Apostolic Constitution in October 2009, has formally requested the implementation of Anglicanorum Coetibus in the United Kingdom. This is also the first formal request for the erection of a personal ordinariate by any Anglican constituency in the UK.
Here is the full text of the petition, which closely follows the model of the other TAC applications to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
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The Traditional Anglican Church
Rt Revd David Moyer
C/O: Church of the Good Shepherd
1116 Lancaster Avenue
Rosemont, PA 19010
His Eminence William Cardinal Levada
Congregazione per la Dottrina Della Fede
Palazzo del S. Uffizio
00120 Vatican City
Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension, 16th May 2010
The people of the Traditional Anglican Church in the United Kingdom (a province of the Traditional Anglican Communion) express their profound gratitude to you for your positive response of December 16th 2009 to our Letter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of October 5th 2007 in which we expressed our desire to “seek a communal and ecclesial way of being Anglican Catholics in communion with the Holy See, at once treasuring the full expression of catholic faith and treasuring our tradition within which we have come to this moment.”
We have read and studied with care the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus with the Complementary Norms and the accompanying Commentary, as well as the initial statement from your Dicastery at the time of your press conference with Archbishop DiNoia.
And now, in response to your invitation to contact your Dicastery to begin the process you outline, and in accordance with our unanimous synod vote of October 2009: which reads thus:-
“That this Assembly, representing the Traditional Anglican Communion in Great Britain, offers its joyful thanks to Pope Benedict XVI for his forthcoming Apostolic Constitution allowing the corporate reunion of Anglicans with the Holy See, and requests the Primate and College of Bishops of the Traditional Anglican Communion to take the steps necessary to implement this Constitution.”
We therefore request that:
1) That the Apostolic Constitution be implemented in the United Kingdom and a Personal Ordinariate be erected.
2) That we may establish an interim Governing Council.
3) That this interim Council be directed by the Holy Father to propose a terna of names for the appointment of an Ordinary in a UK Ordinariate.
While we cannot speak for other groups of Anglicans in the United Kingdom, we shall be delighted if others apply for acceptance under the terms of Anglicanorum coetibus.
With continued expressions of appreciation for the generosity of the Holy Father in gathering the Anglicans into the fullness of Eucharistic communion, we await your instructions,
Yours sincerely in Christ,
+David L. Moyer, Episcopal Visitor
+Robert Mercer CR, retired, assistant to the Visitor