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Anglican speculations…(cont.)

5752391There’s been a lot of speculation about married men and the Catholic priesthood. It’s not so long ago that people would have thought it unthinkable that married Anglican clergy could become (Roman)Catholic priests, but this happens quite often now when an Anglican clergyman converts to Catholicism.

Perhaps the most novel aspect of the Anglican provision–barring the novelty of the new structure–is the idea that Catholics in the Ordinariate will be able to put forward seminarians for ordination. While it is likely that ordinariates will hold themselves to the Church’s teaching on priestly celibacy, married men will be able to be put forward for the priesthood on a case by case basis (and with the permission of course of the local bishops’), somewhat along the lines of the Eastern Rite model.

Could this be preparing the way for a Catholic-Orthodox reunion?

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Written by annaarco

October 22, 2009 at 2:39 pm

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