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By Deacon Keith Fournier

2/6/2010 (5 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

'The Pastor of the nations is reaching out to give you a special place within the Catholic Church. United in communion, but not absorbed.'

(Bishop Peter J. Elliott) 'There is no “hidden agenda” here, no popish trap! So beware of warnings from certain traditional Anglican bloggers or pamphleteers. They distort the Pope’s offer because they cling to small fiefdoms and purist enclaves - where they do as they wish.'

(Bishop Peter J. Elliott) 'There is no “hidden agenda” here, no popish trap! So beware of warnings from certain traditional Anglican bloggers or pamphleteers. They distort the Pope’s offer because they cling to small fiefdoms and purist enclaves - where they do as they wish.'

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By Deacon Keith Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/6/2010 (5 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific


MELBOURNE, Australia (Catholic Online) - Catholic Online readers throughout the Globe have shown tremendous interest in the coming entry into full communion of many of our Christian brethren in the Traditional Anglican Communion.

As Editor in Chief, I have written extensively on this historic event. I have expressed my opinion that this is a response to the Prayer of Our Lord Jesus to the Father "That They May Be One" (John 17) and marks the beginning of a move toward the coming reunion of the One Church of Christ in the Third Millennium.

We are happy to present an insightful article written for the "Messenger Journal", the publication of the Traditional Anglican Communion entitled United in Communion, But Not Absorbed by Roman Catholic Bishop Peter J. Elliott.

The Bishop gives a deeper explanation of the implications of the invitation to members of the Traditional Anglican Communion. In so doing he not only shares his compelling personal journey to full communion but explains the extraordinary theology of ecclesial communion behind the Apostolic Constitution for Anglicans.

Again, we invite our readers throughout the world to pray for this historic move and for all who will respond to the invitation. We also ask our readers to join together and pray "May They Be One". (Deacon Keith Fournier, Editor in Chief, Catholic Online):

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UNITED IN COMMUNION, BUT NOT ABSORBED:Understanding the Popes Welcome

Bishop Peter J. Elliott, Auxiliary Bishop, Melbourne

"At their November Meeting, 2009, the members of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference appointed me their Delegate for the Australian project of establishing a Personal Ordinariate for Anglicans who wish to enter full communion with the Catholic Church, to use the words of Pope Benedicts Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus.

"Before I explain what this involves, I should introduce myself. I was born into Anglicanism, in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. My father, Rev. Leslie Llewelyn Elliott, was for some time President of the Australian Church Union. While studying theology at Oxford, in St Stephens House, I followed my conscience and was reconciled to Rome in 1968. I then studied for the priesthood in Melbourne and was ordained in 1973.

"After parish appointments, work as a bishops secretary and doctoral study in Rome, I served for ten years in the Roman Curia, Pontifical Council for the Family. I returned to Melbourne in 1997 to work for Archbishop Pell in preparing the religious education texts, To Know, Worship and Love. Then I served as a parish priest and Director of the John Paul II Institute before ordination to the episcopate in June 2007.

"Am I grateful for my Anglican heritage? Yes, I am. Where did I first learn the Catholic Faith? At home, in the vicarage.

"Therefore I rejoiced when news of the Ordinariate came from Rome. I have been hoping for something like this for years, having addressed Forward in Faith Australia on the Roman option in 2006. As that talk indicates, I never imagined such a generous provision would be made in response to traditional Anglican appeals to Rome.

"But what does Pope Benedicts welcome and offer involve? You have to be clear about this before saying yes, no, even maybe.

"The Pastor of the nations is reaching out to give you a special place within the Catholic Church. United in communion, but not absorbed that sums up the unique and privileged status former Anglicans will enjoy in their Ordinariates.

"Catholics in full communion with the Successor of St Peter, you will be gathered in distinctive communities that preserve elements of Anglican worship, spirituality and culture that are compatible with Catholic faith and morals. Each Ordinariate will be an autonomous structure, like a diocese, but something between a Personal Prelature (as in Opus Dei, purely spiritual jurisdiction), or a Military Ordinariate (for the Armed Forces).

"In some ways, the Ordinariate will even be similar to a Rite (the Eastern Catholic Churches). You will enjoy your own liturgical use as Catholics of the Roman Rite. At the same time your Ordinaries, bishops or priests, will work alongside diocesan bishops of the Roman Rite and find their place within the Episcopal Conference in each nation or region.

"There is no hidden agenda here, no popish trap! So beware of warnings from certain traditional Anglican bloggers or pamphleteers. They distort the Popes offer because they cling to small fiefdoms and purist enclaves - where they do as they wish. Indeed, the Ordinariates come under the discipline of the Church and her laws, but the Code of Canon Law is also a detailed charter of our rights as clergy and laity.

"The decision to be reconciled through an Ordinariate can only made through following personal conscience, that is, after prayer, study and reflection. This is a step of faith in Jesus Christ and his Church. It involves accepting all the teachings of the Church on faith and morals.

"Such a personal assent of faith needs to be formed and informed. To use an Anglican expression, please read, mark, learn and inwardly digest the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This summarizes the Faith once given, embodied in one Word of God that comes to us, as the Second Vatican Council teaches, through Scripture and Tradition.

"There will be sacrifices, but humility and suffering are parts of a faith journey - and many of you have already suffered much for the sake of conscience.

"Yet you do not come to the Ordinariates with empty hands. As I learnt forty two years ago, you will lose nothing but you will regain an inheritance stolen from us four centuries ago. That heritage was largely recovered by the giants of the Oxford Movement. I believe they smile on us now. In these early days, let us keep praying with them, so that together we may patiently work out how Pope Benedicts project can be achieved."

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