Holy See delegate urges Anglo-Catholics: accept Pope’s offer of unity
March 02, 2011
Auxiliary Bishop Peter Elliott of Melbourne, a former Anglican who now serves as the Holy See’s delegate for the Australian ordinariate, is urging Anglo-Catholics to “lay down [their] weapons” and seek full communion with the Holy See.
“I would caution people who still claim to be Anglo-Catholics and yet are holding back,” he said. “I’d say ‘when are you going to face realities,’ because there’s no place for classical Anglo-Catholics in the Anglican Communion anymore.”
“These realities seem to be lost on some Anglo-Catholics who are tempted to make a desperate last stand by just staying where they are,” he added. “Permit me to suggest that it is a waste of time and spiritual energy to cling to such a dangerous illusion. Valuing the Catholic faith should not be confused with polemics. Let me quietly invite you to lay down weapons of controversies that are now pointless, to set aside endless intrigues which led nowhere, to walk away from futile conflicts which cannot build up the Body of Christ in charity. Accept the invitation of the Vicar of Christ on earth.”
“The gentle man who reaches out to you in Anglicanorum Coetibus has no ulterior motives,” he continued, referring to Pope Benedict’s apostolic constitution. “His apostolic offer is clear. There is no deception here. He calls you to peace.”
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Posted by: voxfem -
Mar. 03, 2011 9:07 AM ET USA
May his words bear much fruit.
Posted by: -
Mar. 02, 2011 11:49 PM ET USA
As a Roman Catholic convert from the Episcopal Church, I am looking forward to the Ordinariate being established here in the United States. I currently attend an Anglican Use parish that was established under the Pastoral Provision, the limbo that we have been left in is difficult. To those orthodox (Anglo-Catholics) here in the United States I am looking forward to your joining us, because Bishop Elliot is right on in his statement.
Posted by: -
Mar. 02, 2011 6:47 PM ET USA
It is refreshing to hear such honest and courageous words from a bishop!