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Friday, March 5, 2010

100 Anglican Churches Cross the Tiber

(How ironic, my copy of Anne of the Thousand Days just arrived from Netflix today...)

The Telegraph reports the following: 100 Anglican parishes in the USA are set to swim the Tiber buoyed up by Benedict XVI’s provisions in Anglicanorum coetibus. (Thank you for the story Fr. John Zuhlsdorf o{]:¬)

100 US Anglican parishes convert to Roman Catholic Church

By Simon Caldwell

About 100 traditionalist Anglican parishes across the United States have decided to convert en masse to the Roman Catholic Church, it emerged yesterday. But the Vatican insisted that the move to create self-governing "personal ordinariates", which resemble dioceses in structure, came as a result of requests from at least 30 disaffected Anglican bishops around the world for "corporate reunion" with the Catholic Church.

The Anglican Church in America (ACA) will now enter the Catholic Church as a block, bringing in thousands of converts along with their own bishops, buildings and even a cathedral. They will worship according to Anglican rubrics, and use the Book of Common Prayer, but they will be in communion with the Pope, recognising him as their leader.

The decision was taken by the House of Bishops of the ACA during a meeting in Orlando, Florida, earlier this week.
The bishops said in a brief statement afterwards that they had agreed to formally "request the implementation of the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus in the United States of America by the (Vatican’s) Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith".

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