Skip to comments.Anglican Church in America (TAC) Asks Entry Into Catholic Church (Ecumenical)
Posted on 03/03/2010 1:36:58 PM PST by Pyro7480
Breaking news as the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in America has formally requested to enter the Catholic Church. All 99 parishes and cathedrals!
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Orlando, FL 1 pm EST Bp. George Langberg
Released by the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in America, Traditional Anglican Communion 3 March 2010
We, the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in America of the Traditional Anglican Communion have met in Orlando, Florida, together with our Primate and the Reverend Christopher Phillips of the Anglican Use Parish of Our Lady of the Atonement (San Antonio, Texas) and others.
At this meeting, the decision was made formally to request the implementation of the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus in the United States of America by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
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Luke 11:17 But he seeing their thoughts, said to them: Every kingdom divided against itself, shall be brought to desolation, and house upon house shall fall.
John 17:21 That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given to them; that they may be one, as we also are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me; that they may be made perfect in one: and the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast also loved me.
It is great news, welcome home
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The linked article discusses Evensong and Benediction, sung according to the Book of Divine Worship, an Anglican liturgical book being revised in Rome for Catholic Anglican Use folks.
For English traditional prayers in very noble language, this is wonderful stuff.
I’ll be darned. My husband and I used to belong to an Anglican parish, having grown up Episcopalian. We got sick of all the infighting and converted to Roman Catholicism. It will be nice to be able to attend a TAC church with the Anglican traditions and still be within the fold of the Catholic church......what a blessing if it really happens!
Smarter people than me have ti figure this out, but how would you do something like this?
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Welcome hone indeed! The Family opens its arms to you....
It’s already been done. The Vatican has recently established protocols for Anglicans who want to come home.
What a great day. “There will be one flock, one Shepherd.” John 10:16
Not to take away from what is truly a joyous occasion.
I went to some of the ACA’s websites, and I noticed that they have an office of “deaconess.” I would guess that’s out the window now.
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I don’t know. “Deaconess” might morph into something else; the original role of deacons (and “deaconesses”) was not liturgical, but to distribute food to the poor and do a lot of what we would now call administrative activities.
(This was back in the day where baptisms even of adults were conducted with the baptizand dressed in his or her "birthday suit".)
I have no idea what function they serve in the ACA. Presumably such an office could still exist, if it were the subject of careful catechesis and the commissioning liturgy for the "deaconess" was not to be confused with the conferral of Holy Orders.
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Welcome home brethren - we have been saving some of the choicest wine for this celebration!
Please pardon any awkwardness as we get reacquainted.
You're probably referring to a line in the "Affirmation of St. Louis" that expressed a desire to re-instate the office as it existed in the very early years of the church. It was a lay office, not an ordained office. My understanding is that it originated primarily to assist women in some of the more delicate tasks before them (such as preparing for their baptism in which they would disrobe and put on a white robe. Obviously, you would not want the male deacons assisting with that.
You can rest assured that the TAC churches profess a strictly male, three fold ordained ministry. To my knowledge, there are no deaconesses in the ACA. If they are, they are clear that they are still of the laity, not the ordained ministry.
Peter has spoken through Benedict XVI and there is now a path for these people to come "corporately" into the full communion of the Catholic Church, retaining the best of the "Anglican patrimony" along the way. You should be rejoicing along with the rest of the household.
It was the best decision of my life.
At the time that these people left the offical strucutres of the various Anglican churches (coincident with the innovation of supposedly christian priestesses), it was hoped that a re-establishment of the lay office of deaconess might establish an officially recognized "ministry" for women. Nothing ever came of it as no one found a need for deaconesses.
**All 99 parishes and cathedrals!**
I am so happy to hear this. I love my Anglican Use Parish.
Might be early...but WELCOME HOME!!
Thank you. Actually, it's belated for me as I was received into the full communion of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Mass in 2009. The ACA is my former ecclesiastical home and I couldn't be happier to see my brother and sisters coming home now.
Great news in both cases. The Holy Spirit, if we let Him, leads all home to the Church.
That's the key, isn't it?
That would mean two or three new Catholic parishes within driving distance of my home.
Sionnsar, are you a TAC parishoner? Just curious.
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They can Go two ways.. the Church as a Sect Like Maronites or being a Catholic as a Roman catholic.. either way .. they will get the catechism and the Full Bible with 7 more books!
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That’s wonderful!!! They have had a bad time of it. The Anglican church in my town broke for the Anglican establishment and all of their assets were frozen...I’m glad they are coming home.
Maronites are not a sect. They are a specific rite of the Church but they are an integral part of the Church, just like any Latin Rite Catholic (we’re not “Roman”, we’re Latin Rite). Ditto for Syro-Malabar, Syro-Malankar ,Chaldean Catholics.
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WOOT! Anglican Use FTW!
Hey maybe we’ll have some nice music now! I LOVE the Oxford Hymnal, myself. ;o)
Fr Christopher Phillips has a bit about this on his blog:
The joy in heaven must be great!
Jolly good, I say!
Deaconess was a position not unknown in the early Church, but it was not an ordained ministry like a deacon. The word “deacon” simply means servant. I wonder if we had such a position today, it would appease the feminists, or if it would just make them hungry for ordained positions. Perhaps better to encourage the growth of orthodox women’s religious orders if women want a prominent spiritual leadership role in the Church.