Monday, November 9, 2009


The Vatican this morning published the official text of the new Apostolic Constitution ‘Anglican-orum Coetibus’ which will give the guidelines by which communities might come into full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving some of their characteristically Anglican modes of worship and practice.

Significantly (?), the publication date is the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, known as Omnium urbis et orbis Ecclesiarum Mater et Caput (‘Mother and Head of all Churches in the City and the World). St. John Lateran, not St. Peter’s, is actually the Cathedral of Rome, the ‘Home-Church’ to the Pope as Bishop of Rome.

In the near future, the Mobile Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Affairs Office hopes to host a symposium on this Apostolic Constitution—more on that as the arrangements are made. Meanwhile, for those who also wish to read the full document, it can easily be found on the Vatican’s web-site.

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