Monday, 9 November 2009
Text of the Apostolic Constitution published this morning.
The detailed provisions and norms of the Apostolic Constitution were published on the Vatican Website at 11 a.m. this morning.
It seems on a first reading very positive indeed in terms both of the possibility of preserving a large element of Anglican patrimony and in its description of the powers and responsibilities of the future ordinaries themselves. It looks as if this ship will sail for those able and willing to climb on board.
My own feeling is that this will be the only realistic chance of preserving the orthodox and catholic elements in anglicanism in the face of the overwhelming winds of revisionism now blowing through the official structures of the Anglican Communion. It is also the answer (God's answer?) to many of our prayers and hopes for reunion, to which as members of Forward in Faith and SSC many of us are committed. I would be interested in hearing from those who disagree exactly what other viable future they see for Anglican Catholics. I can't see one.
But there is plenty of much more informed comment than I can give being posted on other blogs and websites - see blog list on the right.