August 2, 2010
by Br. Stephen Treat, O.Cist
The choir of the Cistercian Abbey of Hauterive, which should look comfortingly familiar to any Anglican.
There has been much discussion of the nature of the relationship between the ordinariates created by Anglicanorum Coetibus and the local diocese. Some considering the Apostolic Constitution are afraid that they will be absorbed. Others worry about the potential indifference or even hostility of the local bishop. I thought it might be useful to speak a little bit about the experience of a house of exempt religious living within a diocese. I think the parallels between the two situations may help to put some people’s minds more at ease and help others to see that the arrangements in the Apostolic Constitution draw on firmly established precedent in a way that allows the structures of an ordinariate and a diocese to complement one another...
Read the rest of Brother Stephen's excellent description of a Catholic community that is united yet distinct from the general Latin Church at the blog The Anglo-Catholic.
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