October 21, 2009
In his cleverly titled article posted on Virtue Online, "The Papal Bull in the Anglican China Shop", John Richardson considers the implications for "evangelical" Anglicans in the announcement of Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans who wish to enter full communion with the Catholic Church.
The headline Ruth Gledhill chose to describe yesterday's breaking news was 'Rome parks tanks on Rowan's lawn'. The phrase is both eye-catching and apt.
Nevertheless, I have adopted a headline of my own, first because Apostolic Constitutions are, apparently, issued in the form of a Papal Bull and, secondly, because the approach from Rome is to be made to Anglicans globally, not just -as some of the newspapers seem to be assuming -to those in England. But what exactly is on offer, why is it being offered and what does it mean for the future?
Read the rest of Richardson's post for his insights.