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November 16, 2009
Traditional Anglican head ready to say 'yes' to Rome
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS
OTTAWA - The primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) says he hopes to deliver a "yes" before Easter to Rome's offer of personal ordinariates.
Archbishop John Hepworth has reacted "with overwhelming joy" to the apostolic constitution published Nov. 9. It provides a structure to allow Anglicans to become Catholic corporately while maintaining their patrimony.
Hepworth said the constitution is "generous at every turn" in its description of the Anglican heritage, its dogmatic provisions and its pastoral language.
The TAC is formed of many Anglican churches that left the 77 million strong Anglican Church over the ordination of women.
Hepworth expects a positive response from TAC member churches around the world.
"It's quite possible there will be ordinariates in place next year," he said.
Hepworth also predicted the Holy Father's talks with the Russian Orthodox are "growing close to finality."
"People are saying the same thing that they said about us - it'll never happen," he said. "Well, under this pope it does happen."
Hepworth said he did not believe his dream would come true in his lifetime. "I was a man of little faith and now that it is achieved, I am at peace."
Anglicans becoming part of the ordinariate will be required to believe in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), something he described as a generous dogmatic provision.
The CCC "has the advantage of up to date statements on the role of the pope," he said.
"It talks about the pope's exercising his responsibility in conjunction with the bishops of the world."
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