Ruth Gledhill, The Times (UK) Religion Correspondent, traces the shift of Rome's ecumenical focus from exclusive dialogue with the Church of England to a willingness to deal with other Anglican groups. She sees the provisions of Anglicanorum Coetibus as flowing directly from the progress made by ARCIC and the subsequent International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM).
The article is heavy on speculation and light on hard facts, but it is an interesting perspective nonetheless.
She mentions the oft-repeated rumor that Rome was close to rescinding Apostolicae Curae before the CofE took the fateful step of "ordaining" women priests.
When the text of the constitution was published this week, a usually reliable source told me that ARCIC had initially been seen as going somewhere. Even though, as the Church Society notes, texts repeatedly had to be reworked to satisfy Rome, things had reached the point where Rome was on the point of rescinding Apostolicae Curae, the 19th century Papal bull which declares Anglican orders to be 'absolutely null and utterly void.'
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