Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Rome Opens Wide the Door

Happy Wednesday to you all.

Very interesting news yesterday with the Vatican's announcement apparently clearing the way for entire Anglican communities to come into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. This is quite interesting on a number of levels. First is the news that the Anglicans coming in will do so "while preserving elements of the distinctive Anglican spiritual and liturgical patrimony." I am looking forward to reading Pope Benedict's Constitution when it is released to more clearly understand this.

While I pray, as the Lord directed, for Christian unity, there are some troubling aspects to this announcement. Most, if not all, of the Anglican communities that would consider entering into full communion are marked by a sense of disenfranchisement over such issues as women's ordination, the ordination of gay clergy, among others. These are issues that are discussed in Roman Catholic circles today—although we are expressly forbidden to do so, particularly with regard to women's ordination. In an earlier post, found here, I shared my own experience of having had a former Anglican priest (then ordained a Roman Catholic priest) at one of the parishes at which I ministered. This new directive will open the door to more married Roman Catholic clergy, which is bound to open the discussion about married priests again and again. I wonder if the Vatican is concerned about the future implications of this decision. My mind is racing when I think about all of this. I'll look forward to watching this all unfold over the next days, weeks, and months.

Also, be sure to watch CNN tonight. One of WLP's recording artists, Noelle Garcia, will be featured as part of Soledad O'Brien's "Latino in America" special, airing tonight at 9:oo P.M. ET. I was present for the interview between Soledad and Noelle. Noelle's is a very compelling story. Here's a press release about the event.

Meanwhile, we are plugging along here at WLP, planning for future conferences and conventions, reviewing new music submissions, and working on our day-to-day tasks to bring the best resources to the singing and praying Church. I hope that you will visit our web site soon to discover what treasures we have available for you.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.


Chironomo said...

For a number of reasons, I tend to think that while this action may open up discussion about married clergy, it will strengthen the argument in favor of a celibate , unmarried priesthood in the Roman Rite as there will be yet another distinct option for married priests in what will essentially amount to an "Anglican Rite" within the Catholic umbrella.

We will have to wait and see what the specifics of the Apostolic Constitution say...

Chironomo said...

Sorry to have to "double comment" here, but Jerry...seriously!! "Forbidden" from discussing Women's ordination? Would you say we are also forbidden from discussing whether or not Christ is truly present in the Eucharist? Are we forbidden from discussing whether Christ was wholly human and yet wholly divine? The point is, these questions, like the question of ordaining women, has been definitively settled as part of the Catholic faith. We are free to discuss, however it is a scandal to the faithful to suggest that women could be ordained if only the Church would "change it's position". As John Paul II most eloquently said:

Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church's divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32) I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church's faithful.

What could further discussion add to such a statement?