The National Catholic Review

A tip from our friend Robert Mickens, the Rome correspondent for the London Tablet.  He wrote this morning:

Andrea Tornielli writes in Il Giornale today that publication of the new Apostolic Constitution establishing the entrance of Anglicans into the Catholic Church is being held up by a canonical debate over the ordination of married priests.   

"In these days the text has been revised by the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, and it (seems) that this point will be defined more clearly, specifying that future seminarians of the Anglo-Catholic community will have to be celibate just as their colleagues in the Latin Catholic Church," he writes.     Tornielli says the "topic was not well clarified in detail during the press conference of 20 October" given by Cardinal Levada. He also says the Pope was not happy about the way the news was presented, in absence of the actual Apostolic Constitution. Tornielli writes that Levada had already "made appointments in London to present the papal decision to the Catholic bishops and the Anglican Primate. It would have been impossible to keep the news hidden after having told it to an entire episcopate, which had never been consulted up to that point".     

Comments

Eric Stoltz | 10/29/2009 - 3:14pm
Gee, what a surprise. Rome will require the dissident Anglicans to do non-Anglican things. So much for all the ecumenical slant given to this story. After the curia finishes going through their liturgies with red pens and tossing out their Anglican polity, we can expect what little vestiges of the Anglican tradition are retained to be slowly eroded over the coming years. Behold the Vatican's idea of ecumenism.
Anonymous | 10/29/2009 - 3:10pm
If this report is right, the Vatican will show that  the non-dogma mandatory celibacy issue  is stuck on the mast of the  Roman Church like an albatross and will be a dead bird signal of a rigidity that will smell up any hope of Christian reconciliation East,West and South.  I guess my pessimism for a way out of this  ecclessial nose dive is showing.. {-: