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Anglican ordinariate

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 Contents - Aug 2011AD2000 August 2011 - Buy a copy now
Homily: Benedict XVI: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Pope Benedict XVI
The Carbon (dioxide) Tax: a religious perspective - Peter Finlayson
News: The Church Around the World
Britain's anti-Christian brave new world - AD2000 REPORT
Events: In defence of the authentic meaning of marriage - Canberra, 16 August 2011 - Babette Francis
Bishop Conley on the new Missal translation: 'The very words of God' - Bishop James Conley
Defending the Catholic Church against ill-informed attacks - Fr John Flynn LC
Obituary: John Wright (1923-2011): pillar of the Catholic faith - Michael Gilchrist
Exegesis: Genesis account of creation and fall: what does the Church teach? - John Young
Young adult Catholic ministry: further progress - Br Barry Coldrey
Letters: Archbishop Hickey - Frank Bellet
Letters: Unseen kindness - Anne Lastman
Letters: , - Arnold Jago
Letters: Catholic schools - Fr Brendan Dillon PP
Letters: No oxygen - Fr M. Durham
Letters: Rose-coloured glasses - Cathy Cleary
Letters: Christian heritage - Fr Bernard McGrath
Letters: Anglican ordinariate - Michael Apthorp
Books: PRODIGAL DAUGHTERS: Catholic women come home to the Church, ed. Donna Steichen - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: STANDARD-BEARERS OF THE FAITH: Lives of the Saints for Young and Old - Terri Kelleher (reviewer)
Poetry: Consequences - Bruce Dawe
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Reflection: The new evangelisation: 'missionary spirit' needed - Fr Dennis W. Byrnes

It would seem that Bishop Elliott may perhaps have drawn the wrong conclusion from the wording of Pope Benedict's document on the new Catholic "Anglican Ordinariate". He says (July AD2000) that the Ordinariate "is not restricted only to former Anglicans. Any Catholic is free to worship and receive the sacraments in Ordinariate parishes."

However, in the Vatican's "Complementary Norms for the Apostolic Constitution", Article 5, Section 1, we are apparently told the opposite: "Those baptized previously as Catholics outside the Ordinariate are not ordinarily eligible for membership, unless they are members of a family belonging to the Ordinariate."

Perhaps this important matter could be clarified?

MICHAEL APTHORP
Brisbane, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 24 No 7 (August 2011), p. 16

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