03 March 2010

Becoming a family...

Cathedral of the Incarnation, Orlando, Florida,
Anglican Church in America


Just a few hours ago I returned from meeting with the members of the House of Bishops, Anglican Church in America.  I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them, and we spoke extensively about the implementation of the Holy Father's Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum coetibus.  It was immediately evident that our common hope should become a common effort, and so the request being made to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith is a joint request.

Of course, our situation in the Anglican Use is somewhat different from that of the ACA.  Our clergy and parishes are ready to act immediately because we are already in communion with the Holy See, whereas the Anglican bishops have a process to follow to reach that point with their parishes.  For some of them, it will happen quickly; for others it will take longer.  But we all agreed that having an Ordinariate "up and running" will allow them to enter it when each one is ready.

Entering into this closer relationship between the ACA and the Anglican Use parishes is a welcome gift from God.  We've needed to get know one another as we prepare to become a "blended family" in the Ordinariate.  I'm looking forward to having more occasions to be together with them.  And let's all pray for the speedy implementation of Anglicanorum coetibus.