In recent days, at least one errant Anglican cleric has written to members of the faithful that, having received a letter of notification of the receipt of a decision nulla osta from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, that he "has been accepted for ordination to the Roman Catholic priesthood."
This is absolutely false.
The decision of nulla osta simply means that, based on the dossier submitted to the CDF, there appears to be no canonical impediment to ordination in the Catholic Church. The letters presently emanating from an office in the Archdiocese of Washington make it perfectly clear that this finding simply allows the individual concerned to continue in the "evaluation process."
Further, let it be known that it is the policy of The Anglo-Catholic to refrain from publishing the names of Anglican ministers who have, or have not, received a letter of notification of nulla osta — or those few who have received a letter stating that their application has been denied.
For the moment, these decisions should remain confidential between the CDF, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Anglican priest and community involved. Unless and until it be discovered that there is any impropriety or a decision made which seems to grievously impact the mission or integrity of the future Ordinariate, this will remain the policy of the blog.
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