Brompton Oratory: Anglicanorum coetibus

17 11 2010

From an online article on the Apostolic Constitution:

On 22nd February we celebrate the feast of the Chair of St.Peter. This feastday is our opportunity to thank God again for the primacy of the Pope as chief shepherd of Christ’s flock. It is our opportunity to affirm our belief in the full, supreme, universal and immediate jurisdiction of His Holiness the Pope over each and every single one of the faithful. Christ Himself is the Head of the Church, and He chose St.Peter and his successors to share and mediate that headship and its primacy, as servant of the servants of God.

We are told that a number of Anglicans are in the process of considering their position in the light of the Holy Father’s extraordinarily generous offer to them in his recent Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, which makes canonical provision for personal ordinariates for Anglicans who leave the Church of England and enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. It has also been said that a number of them are hoping to make a decision by the feast of the Chair of St.Peter this year. We must pray for the Holy Spirit to guide them in their response to the Holy Father. We should remember that Pope Benedict’s Apostolic Constitution is itself a response to numerous and repeated petitions made to the Holy See by various Anglican groups over a number of years. The Pope is offering them what they asked for. Now it is up to them, by the grace of God, to respond. The ball is now in their court.

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