There is a very instructive article in The Times about the Anglican Provision.
In their latest meetings the Anglicans made no serious provisions for Anglican traditionalists.
There is an interesting parallel here for Rome and the SSPX years ago. With the exception of The Roman Curia made no serious provisions for Catholic traditionalists. Only.. there was no one to offer them a home.
And now we will be edified by the spectacle of liberals who out-Herod Herod.
My emphases and comments.
From The Times
October 24, 2009
Lord Carey ‘appalled’ by Pope’s treatment of Dr Rowan Williams
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
Lord Carey of Clifton has called on his successor as Archbishop of Canterbury to complain to the Pope in person about not being consulted over plans to admit disaffected Anglicans to the Roman Catholic Church. [First... that's not going to happen. Second, there is no way Archbp. Williams didn't know this was coming. My spies say that some time ago Williams was in Rome lobbying against this. Just like a man tied to a train track he might not have know when, but he knew that it was coming.]
Lord Carey warned that the Pope’s strategy could damage relations with the Vatican. [Remember that I wrote that the liberals would whine that this is not true ecumenism. But... we have the Pope of Christian Unity.] Lord Carey, who stepped down in 2002, urged Dr Rowan Williams to protest strongly when he visits the Pope in Rome next month.
Lord Carey was speaking after the joint press conference this week between Dr Williams and the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, to announce the move. Under an apostolic constitution decree, the Pope will set up personal ordinariates, or extra-geographical Roman Catholic dioceses, such as those that already exist in the military, to take in former Anglicans who oppose women bishops and accept the Petrine ministry of Rome.
Dr Williams appeared distressed when he said at the press conference, hosted by the Roman Catholic Church in Eccleston Square, that he had known nothing of the initiative until two weeks ago. [Ha.] He was notified formally [that's the key... "formally"...] only when Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, visited last weekend to fill in some of the detail.
The Times understands that the former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, [this is interesting...] a former co-chairman of the AnglicanRoman Catholic International Commission, known as Arcic, tried unsuccessfully to stop the apostolic constitution being published. [Amazing... the Catholic Archbishop tries to stop this. He couldn't. But note that the new was not announced until he had stepped down.] His protests and others’ concerns delayed its publication, intended for last February.
The two archbishops presented the constitution as “a response [It's a response.] by Pope Benedict XVI to a number of requests over the past few years to the Holy See from groups of Anglicans who wish to enter into full visible communion with the Roman Catholic Church”.
They said: “The announcement … brings to an end a period of uncertainty for such groups who have nurtured hopes of new ways of embracing unity with the Catholic Church.” [Ok. Uncertainty is, in large part, over. So... what will the Anglicans who said they wanted unity do?]
Lord Carey said that he, too, had been caught unawares by the development, which some insiders believe has dealt a death blow to 40 years of official ecumenical dialogue under the auspices of the Council for Christian Unity, [What does that say for the Council for Christian Unity? But... we have the Pope of Christian Unity.] if not to the Anglican Communion itself. The council was not involved in preparing the constitution.
He sought, however, to make the best of the development. “I give it a very cautious welcome,” he said. “It is worth considering because there are a number of deeply worried, anxious Anglo-Catholics who do not believe they have a constructive future in the Church of England with the ordination of women as bishops. [Right! They were shunned and ridiculed. In a sense, there is a parallel with what happened with Catholic traditionalists here.]
“I was pastorally concerned for them when I was Archbishop of Canterbury. I know Rowan is as well. So this could go a long way to helping.”
The Times has learnt it was reports of bishops emerging in tears from the General Synod meeting last July that rejected all provision for traditionalists that finally provoked Rome into offering them a home. [Sound about right?]
Lord Carey said that there were two positive aspects to the new Apostolic Constitution. “This initiatve is almost a back door ecumenical gesture. [Or a real ecumenical gesture.] What we have seen is [wait for it... ] the failure of the final report of Arcic. Straightforward ecumenism at the theological level is going nowhere. [Exactly.] This fresh initiative could have surprising consequences.”
George Austin, former Archdeacon of York, said: “Rome has done this cleverly because [wait for it...] the Catholic bishops in England are liberal. [Get outta town!] The Pope has shown considerable leadership. [Remember this following phrase?] That is what Popes do. [Remember how we used this in the context of the Pope receiving Pres. Obama? That is what Pope's do.] What has surprised me is the sort of people, and number, who have said they will leave.”
The previous decades of ecumenical relations and ARCIC etc. didn’t do nothing to create the climate where the Pope’s Provisions are nothing. The Pope is going to keep the official dialogue going. The Church of England was warned explicitly by Card. Kaspar that there would be serious setbacks if the Church of England stayed on its course. Still, over the decades a great deal was accomplished at the affective level to bring us to this point.
Ecumenical work takes place on many levels, official and non, global and local and academic and religious and ecclesial, etc. But at a certain point, a move had to be made. The obstacles that remain on the official level with the Church of England are not going to be easily resolved, are they.
We now, however, have a Pope of Christian Unity.