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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Response to Vatican announcement of “personal ordinariates” for Anglicans

Bishop Iker has issued the following statement regarding today's announcement from the Vatican:

I have read with great interest various reports concerning today's announcement from top officials in the Vatican about some new provisions being made whereby Anglicans may enter into full communion with the Holy See. For some time now I have understood that high-level discussions about this were taking place in Rome and that an announcement along these lines would be made before the end of the year. As today's announcement indicates, a new Apostolic Constitution is soon to be released which will spell out Pope Benedict XVI's response to Anglicans who wish to enter into full visible communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

Many Anglo-Catholics will welcome this development as a very generous and welcoming offer that enhances the Pastoral Provision that has been in place for several years for those seeking reunion with Rome. Other Anglicans who desire full communion with the See of Peter would prefer some sort of recognition of the validity of Anglican orders and the provision for inter-communion between Roman Catholics and Anglicans.

The virtues of the proposal as I understand it have to do with maintaining certain aspects of the Anglican way of worship, spirituality, and ethos while entering into full communion with the Pope. But of course, not all Anglo-Catholics can accept certain teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, nor do they believe that they must first convert to Rome in order to be truly catholic Christians.

This option to choose different paths comes at a difficult time for us as together we face the challenges of the litigation brought against us by the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Rather than making hasty decisions or quick resolutions, we will continue to work and pray together for the unity of Christ's holy catholic church throughout the world.

The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth

4 Comments:

Anonymous Amy said...

That is a bold move but beware of the Catholic Church. I used to be Catholic but then I stopped practicing after I found out some disturbing truth. Some say the papacy is the antichrist. They changed the ten commandments which is the Law of God, the Pope claims to be a god, they have killed innocent people for centuries like the Spanish Inquisition and supporting the Nazis, and the priests have molested a lot of children. That is not Christian, that is evil hiding behind religion. Why do they have so many followers?!! People really need to open their eyes. I know I did!!!

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Brian Edward Miles said...

Good grief! I'm still on the Texanglican blog, right!? I have not seen so much ignorant anti-Catholic screed packed into so few words since I last stumbled onto a KJV-only fundie site!

4:53 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Who cares.. The Anglican/Episcopal Churches are not without sin either..
That isn't the issue here. The issue is whether or not the Roman Catholic Church is trying to poach our Anglo-Catholic members. I think they are. This comes out quite quickly after several RC Diocese are filing for bankruptcy.

4:58 PM  
Blogger David J said...

Amy...I think you are watching too many movies, etc. You seem to be like my Plymouth Brethren family who think that Catholics actually think the Pope IS Christ on earth; that Catholics bow down the the Holy Father. I'm 100% sure that Catholic priests are not the only religious persons to ever molest children. The Pope does not claim to be God, yet another myth of many. No denomination is without sin or those within it who are not true to the faith.

5:37 PM  

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