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Breaking news: traditional Anglicans reunited with Rome

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As expected, the Vatican has unveiled today the means by which the world’s traditionalist Anglicans can be received as a group into the Catholic Church.

In an Apostolic Constitution presented at the Vatican today, Cardinal Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, outlined a canonical structure that would allow Anglicans to be in full communion with Rome while preserving their distinctive Anglican spiritual patrimony.

A statement from the CDF said:

In this Apostolic Constitution the Holy Father has introduced a canonical structure that provides for such corporate reunion by establishing Personal Ordinariates which will allow former Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of the distinctive Anglican spiritual and liturgical patrimony.

As the news was announced in Rome, Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster held a joint press conference in London to discuss the Apostolic Constitution.

More details to follow.

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