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3 traditional Anglican bishops have 2nd thoughts about union with Rome

Catholic World News - September 29, 2010

The three newest bishops of the Traditional Anglican Communion are having second thoughts about union with the Holy See and are instead engaged in merger talks with the Anglican Province of America-- a separate body of disaffected Anglicans-- according to a letter released by Archbishop John Hepworth, primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion.

“The College of Bishops [of the Traditional Anglican Communion] has been committed to seeking unity with the Holy See since the inception of the Traditional Anglican Communion,” said Archbishop Hepworth. Recalling that the bishops of the Traditional Anglican Communion formally assented to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and that Pope Benedict’s apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus-- which provides for the establishment of Anglican ordinariates-- was a response to that petition, Archbishop Hepworth added:

There is no urgent pressure on individuals to join an Ordinariate. Individual discernment and a response in conscience undergird the corporate reunion that is at the heart of Anglicanorum Coetibus. There is no such luxury permitted to bishops, who have the sacred obligation by virtue of their office itself to teach in such a way that clergy and people form a true conscience. A bishop who cannot teach what the College has defined (and what is the universal teaching of the East and the West) has only one option, and that is to stand aside until he can teach in accord with the Church.

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  • Posted by: FrPhillips1125 - Sep. 30, 2010 11:31 AM ET USA

    And now, perhaps "third thoughts" from them. This is part of the most recent statement from the ACA House of Bishops: "Some of us are prepared to seek entry into an American Ordinariate the moment it exists. Some are not yet ready at this time. None has decided never to seek entry. Those not ready to do so at this time are determined to remain within the TAC/ACA and continue their ministry until the time a final decision can be made." Let's pray for these men.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Sep. 29, 2010 10:58 PM ET USA

    I get the "no urgent pressure" part, but either the Catholic Church is the one, true Church to which all are called in Jesus' name to be its members, or it isn't -- and if it isn't then do your own thing, and don't sit on the fence.

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