Canadian Anglican Catholic group votes to unite with Rome

Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity

This comes from CNA:

Canadian Anglican Catholic group votes to unite with Rome

Vancouver, Canada, Jul 28, 2010 / 01:10 am (CNA).- With “overwhelming support,” a recent meeting of leaders in the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (ACCC) voted to unite with the Roman Catholic Church through the Apostolic Constitution created by Pope Benedict XVI.

The ACCC, part of the Continuing Anglican Movement, is made up of more than two dozen congregations. Its Eighth Provincial Synod and Thirteenth Diocesan Synod were held simultaneously at the Rosemary Heights Retreat Center in Surrey, British Columbia.

The website VirtueOnline.org published a letter from Dean Shane B. Janzen detailing the event.

The meeting was attended by four ACCC bishops, including Bishop Peter Wilkinson, the communion’s Metropolitan and Ordinary. Archbishop John Hepworth, the Australia-based Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), was also present.

The discussion included the House of Clergy and the House of Laity and focused on the implementation of a proposed Canadian Anglican Catholic Ordinariate under the Apostolic Constitution “Anglicanorum Coetibus.

Support for the Ordinariate was unanimous in the House of Clergy and received 25 of 30 votes from lay delegates, with two members opposing the proposal and three abstaining.

The synod then passed a resolution enabling Bishop Wilkinson, with the advice and consent of the Provincial Council, to enact the necessary canonical ordinances and rules to establish the Ordinariate.

The House of Clergy elected members of the Interim Governing Council, which nominated and elected Bishop Wilkinson as the first Bishop Ordinary of the proposed Ordinariate.

According to Dean Janzen’s letter, the Diocesan Council also made financial changes to ensure that the diocese’s restricted funds are protected from “any potential litigation.”

Dean Janzen wrote that the focus of the synod was “the worship and praise of Almighty God; the proclamation of Christ’s saving Truth; and faithful witness to the faith, order and discipline to Christ’s one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.”

He reported that attendees left with “a renewed sense of optimism for the future and a clear vision for the present.”

“With the overwhelming support of clergy and laity for unity with the See of Peter and the establishment of a Canadian Anglican Catholic Ordinariate, our Diocese is now able to move forward united, renewed, and hopeful,” his letter read, according to VirtueOnline.

a renewed sense of optimism for the future and a clear vision for the present.”

Pope Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity.

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14 Responses to Canadian Anglican Catholic group votes to unite with Rome

  1. TJerome says:

    Now that’s TRUE ecumenism. Congratulations Pope Benedict on a job well done.

  2. Esther says:

    Woop woop woop!

    God bless the Pope. :D

  3. HighMass says:

    Sia Lodato Gesu Christo! Viva il Papa!

  4. Random Friar says:

    Welcome! May God grant them every grace and virtue needed in their journey home.

  5. momravet says:

    Wonderful news. Thank God!

  6. Geoffrey says:

    Someone should inform the secular media that as they focus on scandals, there are multitudes joining the Church!

  7. Thomas S says:

    God bless our Holy Father. To think of what God has accomplished through this man in so short a time. It’s really staggering.

  8. chloesmom says:

    Great news! God bless BXVI and keep him with us for many years to come.

  9. So for once, folks get to answer Jesus’ prayers… Ut unum sint!

  10. irishgirl says:

    This is so wonderful to read! A welcome and positive story after all the negative press this year!

    Viva il Papa! May he live many years!

    Welcome Home, Anglican Catholic Church of Canada!

    Woop woop woop, as Esther said!

  11. AnAmericanMother says:

    All right! Blessings all around for everybody, from the Holy Father right down to each and every supporter in the parishes.

    Welcome aboard, brothers and sisters! We swam the Tiber in 2004, but we’re always glad for more company.

  12. maynardus says:

    Next phase: “Lutheranorum Coetibus”?

  13. Sid says:

    … and we Roman Catholics will be enriched by the Anglo-Catholic presence among us.