|Cardinal Wuerl -doing some serious penance?|
This information will include the results of criminal background checks, a psychological evaluation, a letter of resignation from their Anglican entity" and letters from Cardinal Wuerl or the head of the ordinariate once it is established, the Catholic bishop in the diocese in which the candidate resides and, if possible, his former Anglican authority, the cardinal said.Once that information has been submitted to the Vatican, the candidate "will cease celebrating the Anglican Eucharist" and begin leading his congregation in the catechetical preparation for them to become Catholics, he said.
Notice that phrase, "the Anglican Eucharist." That is about as generous as Rome, in reality, ever gets. Whatever it is, they cannot call it a sacrament. No doubt, it is good enough for Anglicans -a second class attempt at a sacrament, at best.
But, we have been assured that all the ex-men, lay and potential Ana-ordinands, will get to have their elements and eat their cake too - or something like that. And, if the Cardinal who is putting it together has no idea what "elements" of Anglicanism -or perhaps just Anglican style - are to be maintained, then who does? What good is a constitution that specifies nothing in particular? What good would the U.S. Constitution have been without the Bill of Rights?
"...it is not entirely clear what those elements are and how they will be maintained."
Gee, I wish I had said that - oh, that's right - I did. But, I am really, really glad he said it too.