Pope Paul VI to the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Michael Ramsey

"(B)y entering into our house, you are entering your own house, we are happy to open our door and heart to you." - Pope Paul VI to Dr Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Friday, December 17, 2010

The US Anglican Ordinariate and the Philippines

We were discussing about the American Anglican Ordinariate last month. This Ordinariate, a particular church of the Roman Catholic Church will likely be up and running within the first six months of 2011. As a particular church in communion with Rome, she, in the words of Pope John Paul II, will be a living body and as such will come to a stage of maturity and she herself will give rise to other particular churches by sending out missioners and spreading the Good News of salvation.

We were wondering whether the American Ordinariate will complete the missionary work of Staunton and Brent in the Philippines more than a century ago. In a sort of redux, the American church could send its Anglican missionaries (now in communion with Rome) to the Philippines. I suppose this will eventually come to pass even if Anglicanorum Coetibus does not explicitly mention sending missions at all. A particular church is always tasked to spread the Gospel, the Anglican Ordinariates are not exempted from this mandate. An Anglicanism restored in the Catholic Church may be planted in the Philippines.

The Anglican Use in the Philippines will likely be in close contact with the American Ordinariate for historical and cultural reasons. While we will still be under the care of the Filipino Roman Catholic bishops, the American Ordinariate we hope will give us support not in financial terms but more in prayer and liturgical resources.

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