Fr. Mark begins by writing:
In the early 1990s a discussion took place between representatives of Cardinal Hume and those of an organised and historic group of pro-Catholic Anglicans. Not to be confused with the more recently founded North American organisation of the same name, the Catholic League had been established in 1913 (a) to pick up some of the pieces after Apostolicae Curae and promote again the cause of corporate reunion; (b) to promote the Church Unity Octave (later aka the Chair of Unity Octave and now the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity); and (c) in the wake of the 1910 Edinburgh Missionary Conference of Reformed, Protestant and Anglican church leaders trying to overcome the scandal of rivalry in evangelisation, tp assert that there could not be a Christian unity worthy of the name unless it involved the whole Church – including unity with the Apostolic See of Rome.
In the early 1990s, this group, foreseeing that changes to Anglican church order would irrevocably undo the assumption behind ARCIC and the Decree on Ecumenism that a corporate rapprochement between Anglicans and the Catholic Church, developed a proposed scheme for the corporate reception of Anglicans under a structure based on the Canon Law concerning personal prelatures. The working title was ‘The Congregation of the English Mission’. The discussions were searching and took the possibility seriously...
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