Pope Benedict, the Pope of Christian Unity, has put in place provisions to receive into unity with Rome traditionally-minded Anglicans who desire to remain Christian. Anglicanorum coetibus was the Holy Father’s response to their request.
Meanwhile, we are watching the Anglican Church of England degenerate from what Card. Dias told them at their Lambeth meeting, their "spiritual Alzheimer’s" and "ecclesial Parkinson’s".
Now I read this on CNA and add my E & C:
Church of England moves towards ordaining women
London, England, May 11, 2010 / 03:08 am (CNA).- Over the weekend, the Church of England introduced draft legislation putting the country’s Anglican communion on the fast track to allowing women’s ordination. [Anglicans! Come in! The Tiber isn’t that wide!]
On Saturday, May 8, the Church of England’s revision committee published a 142-page review in favor of draft proposals that support women being consecrated as bishops and priests.
According to Reuters, the church’s revision committee also proposed safeguards for more traditional parishes who have expressed opposition to ordaining women, including the right to request that a male bishop perform blessings and ordinations. However, the committee proposals did not meet the requests by these parishes for new dioceses or a special class of bishops. [Aren’t there C of E churches where you can have the option of two different eucharists? One "consecrated" by a man and another by a women?]
“After much discussion the Committee rejected proposals aimed at fundamentally changing the approach of the legislation for those unable to receive the ministry of female bishops,” wrote Church of England officials in a statement Monday.
The draft proposals will now go forward for debate at the Church’s General Synod, in July in York, Northern England. If passed, the Church of England will hold the same position on female ordination as the Anglican Communion in the United States and New Zealand. [Which has really helped those communities!]
Monday’s statement also clarified that the “earliest that the legislation could achieve final approval in Synod (when two-thirds majorities in each of the Houses of Bishops, Clergy and Laity will be required) is 2012, following which parliamentary approval and the Royal Assent would be needed.” [I feel sorry for poor Queen Elizabeth.]
The statement added that “2014 remains the earliest realistic date when the first women might be consecrated as bishops.”
This move is likely to increase interest among traditionalist Anglicans in the Pope’s recent invitation for Church of England members to become Catholic. [D’ya think?!?] Last November, the Holy Father released “Anglicanorum coetibus,” a motu propio which offered Vatican guidelines for Anglican groups to enter into communion with the Catholic Church.
The Sunday Telegraph in Britain reported on May 2 that several Anglican bishops recently met with Vatican officials to discuss the process of converting to Catholicism.
Despite the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams reportedly urging them not to leave the Church of England, several bishops are looking to break from the Anglican Communion over their opposition to the introduction of women bishops and priests.
According to the British paper, Bishops John Broadhurst, Keith Newton and Andrew Burnham, from the Dioceses of Fulham, Richborough and Ebbsfleet respectively, all met with senior Vatican officials last week.
Slouching along toward total irrelevance.
I invite all the women religious out there who are in favor of the "ordination" of women (not to mention pro-abortion health care legislation) to seek a safe haven in the Church of England. Hopefully soon the Anglicans could put together Romanorum romanarumque coetibus. Soon the C of E could welcome them – along with other-gendered sympathizers – into that inclusive embrace. There they will all be free from Roman oppression and patriarchy, free to keep their cherished traditions such as the lame-duck ICEL translation, pottery cups, big puppets…. What’s wrong with that? What’s not to like?