TAC formally ask an “Ordinariate” for USA

I read that the TAC has formally asked for an "Ordinariate" for the USA.

The House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in America, the American Province of the Traditional Anglican Communion, have issued the following press release.

Orlando, FL – 1 pm EST – Bp. George Langberg

Released by the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in America, Traditional Anglican Communion 3 March 2010

We, the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in America of the Traditional Anglican Communion have met in Orlando, Florida, together with our Primate and the Reverend Christopher Phillips of the “Anglican Use” Parish of Our Lady of the Atonement (San Antonio, Texas) and others.

At this meeting, the decision was made formally to request the implementation of the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum cœtibus in the United States of America by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

UPDATE 4 Mar 0117 GMT:

I got an e-mail from a corrector (lots of them out there, btw):

As I read your article about Cardinal Levada’s homily, I come across this: "the man’s name is pronouced Le-VAY-da, not Le-VAH-da.  His name comes from Portuguese". Yes, it comes from Portuguese… where it is pronounced Le-vah-da. It may be worth mentioning on your blog… although I am not sure if you are prepared to accept any contradiction to you personal opinions, as I have seen time and again.


No. As he, Card. Levada, has explained to the Italians, who are entirely baffled by his name, Levada’s name is derived the Portugese for the "olive tree"… “Oliveira”.  And HE, Cardinal Levada, says it is "La-VAY-da".  The Cardinal’s grandfather came from the island of Sao Jorge in the Azores.  Thus, while the orthography of the name is odd, the pronunciation – as explained by the Cardinal – is La-VAY-da.


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  1. pseudomodo says:


    Do we perceive a problem here? Surely they must know that one of the consequences of the ordinariate is that they will be (or may be) ordained to the priesthood and not the episcopate.

    Doe this in any way acknowledge that they are in fact not ordained? I find myself in the camp that maintains they are NOT clergy at all but laity.

  2. anj says:

    “problem?” This is precisely what the Vatican has in mind! Glory to God!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve been praying about this for a long time. My dad is Anglican (I was raised Catholic by my mum) and I’ve been praying since as long as I can remember that one day my dad and I could receive communion together. PLEASE PRAY FOR MY DAD that he may decide to be received into the Catholic Church. He’s rather traditional, but has been at the same parish for 40+ years and is nervous about leaving…

    As for former Anglican priests & bishops, my understanding is that they must go through Seminary again in order to be ordained. My mum says the former Anglican (Episcopalian) bishop she knows that came into the Church a couple years ago is now an ordained Catholic priest – not a bishop.

  4. dhgyapong says:

    The best place to go for information about implementation of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus is http://www.theanglocatholic.com

    Please be careful about spreading misinformation. There is a lot of it out in the blogosphere.

    Deborah of the TAC in Canada

  5. New Sister says:

    I shall pray for your dad, Elizabeth! Please pray for mine, too, that he come HOME to Mother Church. (He is not practic ing anything now.)

  6. chonak says:

    This is wonderful news. Admittedly, some of the ACA clergy or faithful may not choose to enter the Catholic Church, but they have 99 congregations, so there will be a good-sized start for the Ordinariate in the US.

    Some of the congregations do not have their own church buildings, so arrangements will have to be made to relocate them from Protestant churches or other places to Catholic facilities.

    I wonder whether the ACA ministers will continue to preside at non-sacramental services (e.g., Evening Prayer) while they are in their Catholic ordination studies.

  7. Tito Edwards says:

    Rev. Mark Siegel of the Incarnation Cathedral of the Eastern Dioc. of the ACA is excited!


  8. Random Friar says:

    I always think first that TAC means “Thomas Aquinas College.” I thought, “Cheeky, that institution, asking for an ordinariate.”

  9. Good for TAC!

    It’s pretty symbolic, that this was announced on St. K Drexel’s Day….

  10. Prof. Basto says:

    On the pronunciation of Cardinal Levada’s name…

    If the Cardinal says his name should be pronounced Le-VAY-da, then let’s do it as the Cardinal pleases, BUT, as a native speaker of Portuguese I just can’t understand the Cardinal’s explanation.

    In the interests of full disclosure, I must say that I’m not well acquainted with the accent typical of the Arzores, but I speak Portuguese with a Brazilian (Rio de Janeiro) accent and both my mother and my maternal grandparents were born in Continental Portugal. My mother lost the Portuguese accent in her childhood, and now speaks with a Brazilian accent, but my maternal grandmother, who is still living (93 years old), still speaks with a strong Portuguese accent.

    And, as a native speaker of Portuguese, I must say that, regardless of the accent (Brazilian or Portuguese), if I wasn’t aware of the Cardinal’s wishes, I would pronounce Levada as Le-VAH-da.

    I can’t understand the Cardinal’s reference to the word “oliveira”. Oliveira has the “VAY” sound because of the particle “vei” in Oliveira. Levada, on the other hand, is a word with no “vei”, but with a “va” particle.

    So, I would pronounce the “va” in Levada pretty much in the same way as one pronounces the word “Armada”. Levada / Armada, the “ada” in the final part of those words have/should have an identical pronunciation.

    I think “Armada” is a good example, because it is a word that is common to Portuguese and Spanish, and that has also entered the English language thanks to Philip II’s Armada, and the word has a very similar pronunciation both in Portuguese and Spanish and when borrowed to the English language. And that same pronunciation of the final “ada” part is the one a native speaker of Portuguese would use when reading the word “Levada”.

  11. devthakur says:

    Re Cardinal Levada’s name … it sounds just like many Americans who pronounce their own names differently from the original pronunciation.

    I have known plenty of “steins” who go by “stiens,” a “Ricci” who went by “Ricky,” a “Cerimele” who went by “Serimelli”, etc.

    Of course out of politeness I pronounce a name as the name’s holder pronounces it. But that does not mean that in German “ei” becomes “ie,” or that in Italian “ce” becames “se.” Neither does it mean that in Portuguese “va” becomes “vei”!

  12. lkfl says:

    I agree with Prof. Basto and devthakur. Though I have only studied Portuguese, its pronunciation of words is far more fixed than in a language like English, and in any other context, the standard pronunciation of Levada in both the continental and Brazilian variants of that beautiful tongue would be Le-VAH-dah. If he and his relatives go by Le-VAY-dah, of course he should be addressed as such, but the norms of orthography would be against him, Padre.

    I think it would have better to just say that he goes by Cardinal Le-VAY-dah and omit reference to Portuguese. He is, after all, American. Isn’t the right to pronounce words however we Yanks like in “Common Sense” somewhere? Har har.

  13. An American Mother says:

    An awful lot of names in America are spelled the way they are because of what some sleepy clerk at Ellis Island THOUGHT he heard.

    The good Cardinal’s name may have undergone a similar transformation.

    On the other hand, my 6x great grandfather changed his name from MacGregor to my maiden name because (like so many MacGregors, the Mafia of Scotland) he was on the run from the law.

    Both my maiden name and my married name are a little odd and are often both misspelled and mispronounced. It happens!

  14. ZENIT has released this news as well. I pray that more and more Anglicans choose to make this journey!

  15. Supertradmom says:

    We also need to pray for the Roman Catholic Bishops in England, so that they handle this well in their dioceses. Not all will react the same way.

  16. Scott W. says:

    P.J. O’Rourke made the joke about Cuba and why would someone in a country with free education and health care risk 90 miles in shark-infested waters in an empty rum carton to get away from it. Likewise, when people nanner on about how wonderful and tolerant the Episcopal Church is, why are Christians trampling over each other to get out?

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