Anglican Patrimony in Catholic Communion
The Gift of the Ordinariates
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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Anglicanorum Coetibus, Tracey Rowland gathers together leading voices to examine the issue of the Anglican Patrimony and its relevance for Christians today. The Anglicanorum Coetibus is the 2009 papal decree which established the Anglican Ordinariate within the Catholic Church, and this volume examines the longstanding effects of this cultural decree. Rowland introduces different aspects of the culture of Anglicanism, explains the concept of an Ordinariate within the context of ecumenical theory, and examines aspects of Anglican liturgical theology and pastoral life.
The many experts who have contributed to this stimulating book amply demonstrate the richness of Pope Benedict XVI's purpose in promulgating "Anglicanorum Coetibus", not merely to provide a home from home for Anglicans crossing the Tiber, but even more fruitfully to bring back home "a treasure to be shared" by the entire Catholic Church. -- Guy Nicholls, University of Oxford, UK Rowland has gathered up illustrious voices in a kind of hymn to the goodness of Anglican Patrimony in communion with the Holy See. Beautifully written, the book resonates with notes seeking a higher and more lovely faithfulness, grounded within that sacred homeliness of high Anglican worship and ordinary English piety. -- Nigel Zimmermann, University of Notre Dame, Australia If you love the Catholic faith and have a hankering after English sensibilities, do yourself a favour and read this book. It is a highly creative compilation of investigations into what precisely is the English contribution to the faith via the Anglican patrimony. It is wide-ranging in examining the English cultural embodiment of Christianity from the time of Augustine's arrival on the shores of Kent, to the rupture with the Reformation, and the ensuing preservation of a Catholic heritage fully tinged by the English sense of life. You will be informed, educated, entertained (for yes, there is whimsy), and moved by a re-discovery of the elements of Catholic faith that have always subsisted in the Anglican experience, which has finally found fruition in Anglicanorum Coetibus. -- Joseph Atkinson, John Paul II Institute, USA