Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Prayers of Thanksgiving


For the new Apostolic Constitution...
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The new canonical structure will allow former Anglicans to enter into full communion with the Church while “preserving elements of distinctive Anglican spiritual patrimony,” said Cardinal Levada. Addressing the status of married clergy, the cardinal said that married Anglican clergy would be allowed to be ordained as Catholic priests just as takes place in the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Similarly, following the same tradition, those priests will not be allowed to be ordained bishops.
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These ‘Personal Ordinariates’ will be formed, “as needed, in consultation with local Conferences of Bishops, and their structure will be similar in some ways to that of the Military Ordinariates which have been established in most countries to provide pastoral care for members of the armed forces and their dependents throughout the world,” the cardinal prefect said. - CNA 
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Makes me think of a story...
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"The new Pope, putting the enemy to rout and overcoming every obstacle, guides the ship right up to the two columns and comes to rest between them; he makes it fast with a light chain that hangs from the bow to an anchor of the column on which stands the Host; and with another light chain which hangs from the stern, he fastens it at the opposite end to another anchor hanging from the column on which stands the Immaculate Virgin.

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At this point, a great convulsion takes place. All the ships that until then had fought against the Pope's ship are scattered; they flee away, collide and break to pieces one against another. Some sink and try to sink others. Several small ships that had fought gallantly for the Pope race to be the first to bind themselves to those two columns. Many other ships, having retreated through fear of the battle, cautiously watch from far away; the wrecks of the broken ships having been scattered in the whirlpools of the sea, they in their turn sail in good earnest to those two columns, and having reached them, they make themselves fast to the hooks hanging down from them and their they remain safe, together with the principal ship, on which is the Pope. Over the sea their reigns a great calm." - St. John Bosco

4 comments:

  1. My dream (if you're interested - of course you are!)

    The big Episcopal Cathedral in Spokane would become Catholic and then I could hear some really decent music. Petty? Probably. I'm not holy enough to sit around and say, "as long as Jesus is present - blah, blah, blah"

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  2. Adrienne - I was thinking how wonderful it would be to be able to attend a High-Church Anglican church such as one I visited on occasion in Boston on Beacon Hill.

    I'll bet many traditionally inclined Catholics in larger metropolitan areas will now go over to the reunited Anglicans - since the Anglo-Catholics tend to be more Catholic than the Catholic communities and worship spaces Catholics have been forced to adapt to for the last 40 years.

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  3. I was present at an Anglo-Catholic Liturgy many years ago in Washington D.C. that was the Tridentine Rite in the Queen's English with Latin Propers and polyphony...truly beautiful. If this can be in communion with Rome, the furthering of the "hermeneutic of continuity" of Pope Benedict would be established further.

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  4. Carol1:45 AM

    God's Rottweiler is all Bark, no bite. Thank God!

    Mass is Mass --I don't care how high church or high Mass we get (I was raised on High Mass, and look at what happened (or rather, NOT!) Far more importantly, what a solace to the Anglican communion, what a grand solace. I am so happy for them (and for us, too). God bless our Papa. He heard Jesus' prayer, "that they may be one, Father.."

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