When the idea of an Anglican Ordinariate was announced in September 2009 in the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, the Times of London ran the headline 'Vatican Parks Tanks on [Archbishop of Canterbury] Rowan [Williams]'s Lawn'. It seemed an apt image at the time. Three years later it is more as though the Pope had, uninvited, sent over a Fiat Cinquecento or two to pick up some stranded friends and their bags. ... the stated aim of the Ordinariates, to accommodate whole groups of Anglicans who might come together as existing communities or structures with Anglican patrimony in tow, and thus to promote unity, is a failure.
The gains (if you can call relieving the Anglican Church of some of its nastiest bigots and letting them into your own church, a gain) of the Anglican Ordinariate for the Roman Catholics pale into complete insignificance when compared to the number of the Catholic faithful who have turned their back on their church and religion due to the child sex abuse scandal and the intransigence of the Vatican hierarchy on matters such as women priests, divorce and family planning.
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