Anglicanorum coetibus - "Groups of Anglicans"
By his own initiative in
November 2009, the Pope has restored place in the Church for
Anglo-Catholics, rejoining them to the holy See of Rome, guaranteeing
for them in principle
all the elements constituitive of a sui iuris* church (which may - or
not - later be recognized explicitly), while in the meantime
making the ordinariates into which they combine, collectively, a
juridic body distinct from the Latin church and the bishops thereof.
He has 'made room' again in the universal Church for true
believers now long estranged from the Holy See of Rome, separated from
which salvation itself is risked by loss of Faith. By doing so, the
Holy Father has provided yet another concrete example of applying the
law of the Church to assure within Her Household due 'space' for
tradition-minded Catholics in the West -- and the East -- wishing to
live at peace with the Holy See.
The NCCL apostolate encourages Christians and all men of
good will to read - by clicking here - the motu proprio, Anglicanorum
To assist its study, NCCL has prepared annotations to the linked text in footnotes.
(Click on this link to read the Constitution on the
Besides the cause for joy this gracious act is in itself, it
also is of special significance for traditional Catholics of the Latin
church and the Eastern churches, as well as for Eastern Orthodox also
faithful to tradition.
Since the Pope has re-composed for the Anglo-traditionalists
of the Western Church the equivalent of their own ritual* church, it stands to reason
he is open to do similar for the traditionalists of the Latin church.
And certainly the way is opened more broadly to recognize the
self-governing status of the even more sizable Orthodox churches.
Catholics by and large have registered faint appreciation
for the historic deed His Holiness has performed by this single act,
essentially reversing nearly 500 years of separation and alienation
from the Holy See of an assembly of Christians with roots tracing back
(even when not in every case intact) to Apostolic times.
* Sui iuris is a canonical term in
Latin meaning "self-governing" or "autonomous". "Ritual"
("rite", ritus) is also a
legal term. Both terms have specific meanings in Catholic
theology & law, irrespective their alternate meanings in 'common
vernacular' tongues, or among (some) Eastern Orthodox who attribute
variant meanings to them. For the definition of sui iuris and ritus, confer can. 27 & 28 of
the Code of Canons of the Eastern
Churches blessed & ratified by Pope John Paul II in 1990.
Cf. also footnote " ± " at art. VI, §5 of the linked
text of the Pope's Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, and footnote
" + " at art. 10, §4 of the same linked text in the Complementary Norms.
Anglicans or/and Anglo-Catholics wishing to avail of the
Constitution's provisions may contact NCCL's Executive Director,
Gregory Lloyd, M.A, for discreet counsel and to discern concrete means
of availing of the new law's unique provisions.
They should therefore also feel free to ask Mr. Lloyd for
the text of the "Constitution & its Complementary Norms" in
pamphlet form, with notes explaining the meanings and immediate
implications of the the Holy See's law. (The same text, but without
page numbers, can be downloaded by clicking on the links above, or the
link in the box at the bottom of this web page.)
NCCL - Attn: G. Lloyd
May the Lord preserve our Holy Father,
621 Jordan Circle
Whitehall, PA 18052-7119 USA
Or, via e-mail -- coalition(at)fast(dot)net .
May He give him long life and protect him in this life, and reserve for
him the reward of the just.
God grant him many years.
Anglicanorum coetibus & Complementary
with annotations -
You may print the pamphlet containing the motu proprio
and annotations added by NCCL.
Click on the link below.
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