The Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus: An Anglican juridical perspective

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Doe, Christopher Norman (2010)

The Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus represents the latest, and perhaps one of the most controversial, developments in Anglican and Roman Catholic relations.\ud The Apostolic Constitution is the juridical means by which Anglicans dissatisfied with recent initiatives in the Anglican Communion may enter as groups into full communion\ud with Rome. It provides for the erection of ordinariates, a category equivalent to dioceses but one which is not elaborated in the Latin Code of Canon Law 1983. This article describes responses to the Apostolic Constitution, from the hostile to the welcoming, evaluates the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution, particularly those which effect integration of the faithful into the Latin church and those which allow for the continuation of elements of their former traditions, and evaluates the ways in which the laws of Anglican churches may be employed either to hinder or to help the departure of those seeking entry to an ordinariate.
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    7 Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum Coetibus (hereafter ACAC), Introduction. On the other hand, being about the reception of former Anglicans into the Latin Church, the Constitution may be distinguished from ecumenism: see Unitatis redintegratio, 7 which distinguishes between ecumenism and reception into full catholic communion (N Tanner SJ (ed), Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils, (vol II, London, 1990) 911).

    8 Made in L'Osservatore Romano, 15 November 2009; see also Bishop Christopher Hill, 'What is the personal ordinariate: canonical and liturgical observations': ,www.cofe.anglican.org/news/prguildapcon.html.; see also W Kasper, 'Still a place for optimism', The Tablet, 13 February 2010, 8, in which Cardinal Kasper expresses his hopes for the ecumenical enterprise (in edited extracts from his opening address to 'Harvesting the fruits', a symposium held in Rome earlier that month). This wholly accords with the Common Declaration 1966 of Archbishop Michael Ramsey and Pope Paul VI who spoke of 'a restoration of complete communion of faith and sacramental life': see C Hill and E Yarnold SJ (eds), Anglicans and Roman Catholics: The Search for Unity (London, 1994) 10.

    9 See also the report of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission (IARCCUM), Growing Together in Mission and Unity (London, 2007), which incidentally makes no mention of the role of canon law in dialogue.

    10 Bishop Christopher Epting, Episcopal Life Online, 16 November 2009.

    11 Bishop Pierre Whalon: Episcopal Life Online, 30 November 2009.

    12 Quoted in LA Williams, 'Vatican publishes plan for full communion with disaffected Anglicans', Anglican Journal, 12 November 2009.

    13 Bishop Dennis Drainville, Diocese of Quebec, co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Bishops' Dialogue - however, it might affect larger numbers in England 'because they are just going through their crisis about women in Episcopal orders': Williams, 'Vatican publishes plan for full communion with disaffected Anglicans'. See also V Combe, 'Living apart together', The Tablet, 13 February 2010, 6: this carries the opinion that whilst evangelicals and Anglo-Catholics are both against women bishops, the former will not join an ordinariate, but the latter might.

    14 S Trott, 'You don't know what you've got till it's gone', Church Times, 11 December 2009.

    15 Bishop Drainville: 'So if Anglicans are going to truly be part of this then there are a number of things they are going to have to accept, the Catholic Church's dogma on trans-substantiation is still there, the Petrine doctrine of the supremacy of the Pope and infallibility are central. . . Whoever is going to make this move is going to have to move accepting all of that': Williams, 'Vatican publishes plan for full communion with disaffected Anglicans'.

    16 S Trott, 'You don't know what you've got till it's gone', Church Times, 11 December 2009.

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