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Anglican Ordinariates: A round-up of the weekend’s comments

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The outpouring of comment on the Anglican provision has continued throughout the weekend. Here’s a guide to some of the best of it:

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, says the lack of warning about the new provision was “inexcusable”.

The Rt Rev John Hind, Bishop of Chichester, hints that he may take up the provision.

Dr Michael Nazir-Ali says he won’t rule out taking up Pope Benedict’s offer.

Archbishop John Hepworth, head of the Traditional Anglican Communion, gives a long exclusive interview to the Australian.

Diarmaid MacCulloch claims that the Pope’s offer to Church of England members to switch to the Vatican was ill thought-out and could signal a struggle for the soul of both churches.

Writing in the New York Times, A N Wilson says that “although it will be a sad day for those Anglicans who have reached a parting of the ways, for Britain itself, the Pope’s manoeuvre is actually good news”.

The New York Times also reports on what it claims could be one of the first Anglican parishes to convert en masse to Catholicism.

The FT says the Pope has given alienated Anglicans hope.

John Wilkins says “a new era of ecumenism between Anglicans and Catholics dawned this week”.

William Oddie insists that the new arrangement will “give spiritual peace to many”. The Times reports on suggestions that Dr Oddie foresaw the new provisions in his 1997 book The Roman Option.

Peter Stanford asks whether the Pope has “outfoxed” the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Stephen Bates warns disgruntled members of the Church of England that the road to Rome is rocky.

Rorate Caeli describes this weekend’s Forward in Faith UK meeting as “disastrous”. The BBC also reports on the gathering.

Damian Thompson says the Pope has brought Anglo-Catholics to a “moment of truth”.

Robert Mickens of the Tablet says Cardinal Levada was frustratingly vague at the press conference announcing the move.

The blogger Cranmer wonders if “the arrival of the Catholic-Anglicans might not be a Trojan horse of unintended reformation within the Roman Catholic Church”.

David Gibson wonders if Pope Benedict is a “closet liberal”.

Hugh O’Shaughnessy says married former Anglican clergy will make clerical celibacy even harder for the Catholic church in South America.

Former Christian Paula Kirby claims that “like any corporate business, the Vatican’s focus is all on the bottom line”.

Michael Sean Winters of America magazine discusses the Apostolic Constitution on NPR.

And letters to the New York Times make some interesting points about the new provision.

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 25, 2009 at 9:16 am

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