Tuesday, November 03, 2009

That settles it

I am almost tired of this whole media event of Rome's big "Offer" to Anglicans. However, until it's over, it ain't over. For those who still think that a certain Archbishop, with a funny sounding accent, really has a guarantee from the CDF that married men will be ordained under the forthcoming, but already described, constitution, here is what has been reported elsewhere:

Vatican Clarifies Celibacy Issue in Apostolic Constitution for Anglicans


There has been widespread speculation, based on supposedly knowledgeable remarks by an Italian correspondent Andrea Tornielli, that the delay in publication of the Apostolic Constitution regarding Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans entering into full communion with the Catholic Church, announced on October 20, 2009, by Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is due to more than "technical" reasons. According to this speculation, there is a serious substantial issue at the basis of the delay, namely, disagreement about whether celibacy will be the norm for the future clergy of the Provision.

Cardinal Levada offered the following comments on this speculation: "Had I been asked I would happily have clarified any doubt about my remarks at the press conference. There is no substance to such speculation. No one at the Vatican has mentioned any such issue to me. The delay is purely technical in the sense of ensuring consistency in canonical language and references. The translation issues are secondary; the decision not to delay publication in order to wait for the 'official' Latin text to be published in Acta Apostolicae Sedis was made some time ago.

The drafts prepared by the working group, and submitted for study and approval through the usual process followed by the Congregation, have all included the following statement, currently Article VI of the Constitution:

§1 Those who ministered as Anglican deacons, priests, or bishops, and who fulfill the requisites established by canon law and are not impeded by irregularities or other impediments may be accepted by the Ordinary as candidates for Holy Orders in the Catholic Church. In the case of married ministers, the norms established in the Encyclical Letter of Pope Paul VI Sacerdotalis coelibatus, n. 42 and in the Statement "In June" are to be observed. Unmarried ministers must submit to the norm of clerical celibacy of CIC can. 277, §1.

§2. The Ordinary, in full observance of the discipline of celibate clergy in the Latin Church, as a rule (pro regula) will admit only celibate men to the order of presbyter. He may also petition the Roman Pontiff, as a derogation from can. 277, §1, for the admission of married men to the order of presbyter on a case by case basis, according to objective criteria approved by the Holy See.

This article is to be understood as consistent with the current practice of the Church, in which married former Anglican ministers may be admitted to priestly ministry in the Catholic Church on a case by case basis. With regard to future seminarians, it was considered purely speculative whether there might be some cases in which a dispensation from the celibacy rule might be petitioned. For this reason, objective criteria about any such possibilities (e.g. married seminarians already in preparation) are to be developed jointly by the Personal Ordinariate and the Episcopal Conference, and submitted for approval of the Holy See."

Cardinal Levada said he anticipates the technical work on the Constitution and Norms will be completed by the end of the first week of November.


So, as far as I am concerned, that settles this particular question. It is nothing new, but simply the same old rule as we have seen in Pastoral Provisions


RC Cola said...

I don't quite understand how or why the Vatican could let the news of an "offer" get out and yet not have the Constitution all ready for promulgation.

Did they send up the balloon to see who would try to shoot it down? Is this really only a test case to see how things go in order to prepare the way for the SSPX to enter back into full communion with Rome?

This whole situation as it is right now seems very politically clumsy--too clumsy for a normally very astute organization as the RCC.

Anonymous said...

This is a very politically astute play and we know that the RCC can play. It is the answer to the proposed question of inter-communion between the Anglicans and the RCC. The answer is clearly "NO!"

After the announcement from Rome, whoever believes that these deliberations now include anything less than full absorption into the RCC has been spending too much time over the thurible smoke. Whoever believes that the RCC is going to jump to new dogmas/theology re: celibacy, divorce, the Virgin Mary and church property has been under the waters of the Tiber a bit too long.

All the cheerleading from some of the Anglican Episcopate (politicos in their own right)shall not change the reality of the reply. The Pope should be recognized for his astute answer and for saying "no thanks," without really saying it. No wonder he is also the head of the Vatican state.