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Australian bishop: Anglican entries will be slow, gradual process

December 15, 2009

An Australian bishop who is himself a former Anglican has cautioned that the establishment of “personal ordinariates” for Anglicans entering the Catholic Church, under the terms of the Pope’s apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, will be a gradual process, requiring time for discernment. Bishop Peter Elliott, an auxiliary of the Melbourne archdiocese, pointed out that Anglican leaders in Australia have done nothing to ease the path of those who wish to become Roman Catholics, and “great sacrifices will be required of them.” He recommended a patient, prudent approach.

 


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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Dec. 16, 2009 5:49 PM ET USA

    Right. Let's make sure none of those pesky Anglicans find it easy to make the transition that Pope Benedict has made easier. Let's delay, be prudent, study it, be patient. Maybe they'll all get over their enthusiasm and just go away, leaving us in peace to get back to our latest issue of "Sojourners". Arrgh.

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Dec. 15, 2009 10:49 PM ET USA

    The door has been opened. The welcome mat is out. The banquet awaits. Some guests will come in while others won't. We welcome those who come to the feast, for they shall know great joy.