Those of you who have been reading here for a while may remember my urgent pleas that the Anglican communion issue provisions in some form of document that could be called Romanorum coetibus (as a response to Benedict XVI’s Anglicanorum coetibus).
As you will remember, Romanorum coetibus is that document whereby our Anglican sisters and brothers will make provisions for disaffected catholics, offer them a safe-haven from the patriarchal oppression of Rome while preserving intact their most cherished traditions, such as clay cups, guitars, abortion clinic escort nuns, hand holding, the dream of female deacons, etc.
News has come in that we are one step closer to this dream!
A reader alerted me to a page on the site of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. It seems that the bishop there is working out how to accept a renegade catholic perish… parish… into their Anglican/Episcopalian thing.
Dear People and Clergy of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri:
I want to let you all know some exciting news related to our Diocese. The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri and St. Stanislaus Kostka in St. Louis are in discussions that could lead to the church coming into union with the Diocese, should both parties agree that this is in their best interests and in best service to Christ. This process will take some time to work through and we do not yet know what the outcome will be, but the Diocese is enthusiastic about the possibilities of a union.
On the face of it, the Diocese and St. Stanislaus have many things in common—in sacramental practices, in Catholic identity, in commitment to the marginalized, in having cherished heritages.
The Mission of the Diocese of Missouri is the mission of all baptized Christians: to teach and to spread the Gospel and its knowledge of salvation to all people; and to make the love of Christ known in the world through our own actions as individuals, as congregations, and as the Diocese, by feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, housing the homeless, caring for the sick, visiting the prisoner, and comforting those in times of trouble.
With regard to St. Stanislaus and their heritage, one connection of our Diocese is especially relevant. Since 1931, the Anglican Communion (of which we are a part) and the Union of Utrecht have been in full communion, sharing the sacraments and recognizing the ministries of one another. The Union of Utrecht consists of churches in 10 European nations with about one half million members in all and, like the Communion, it preserves the historic episcopate and recognizes the seven sacraments of the Western church. It recognizes the three Catholic orders of ministry. The titular head of the Union is the Archbishop of Utrecht, currently the Most Rev. Joris Vercammen. The Union regards the Episcopal Church of the Anglican Communion as its representative in the United States, and the existence of an Old Catholic Church in Poland holds an attraction for St. Stanislaus.
Canon I.16 of the Episcopal Church provides for a parish to come into union with one of its dioceses and yet retain its own liturgical practices and rites. I know that given St. Stanislaus’ rich heritage, the ability to retain their cherished Polish identity, along with practices and rites are surely an important matter. Alternately of course, St. Stanislaus could also choose any or all the liturgies available to the Episcopal Church, most of which are in the Book Of Common Prayer.
This is certainly exciting news, especially for all Missourians.
Isn’t the National Schismatic Reporter headquartered in Missouri?
Maybe the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri needs a diocesan newspaper.