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big news coming tomorrow??

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Oct 19, 2009

This could be big news. Or else it could be very very big news.

Father Z rightly calls attention to a short notice in the Bolletino, alerting journalists to a press briefing that will take place on Tuesday, October 20, at 11.

The participants will be Cardinal William Levada, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF); and Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship (who previously worked at the CDF). That's a heavyweight panel. 

The topic will be "relations with Anglicans." That's all the announcement says-- leaving room for plenty of speculation. Father Z provides some:

This all makes sense if this is to announce that there will be a reunion of Traditional Anglicans with the Catholic Church.  This would be in the bailiwick of the CDF.   And Archbp. DiNoia would have been involved when he was at the CDF.

However, a group of Traditional Anglicans would also no doubt have the Anglican Use for their liturgy, and therefore having the English speaking Secretary who had been at the CDF, rather than the Spanish speaking Prefect of the CDW makes perfect sense.


Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Oct. 20, 2009 9:54 AM ET USA

    "They get all our liberals and we get all their conservatives...." Why be cynical like the older brother of the "prodigal son...?" We REALLY get "each other..." More than enough or me!

  • Posted by: theguy - Oct. 19, 2009 8:20 PM ET USA

    They must be announcing a deal that will dramatically increase the the size and stability of both our churches. They get all our liberals and we get all their conservatives. :-)