Sunday, March 10, 2013

Best of Pope Benedict #8

8) Anglicanorum Coetibus, November 4th, 2009

"Get your swimming trunks on Anglicans, it's time to swim the Tiber!"

Just as he did with the SSPX, Pope Benedict also did a TON to reach out to the Anglicans to help them enter back into the Catholic Church more easily.

To the horror of Archbishop Rowan Williams, Pope Benedict issued "Anglicanorum Coetibus" which essentially allowed Anglicans to keep their liturgy as they have celebrated it since leaving Rome, and still join the Catholic Church.

Numbers have yet to be tabulated, but reports have continued to roll in over the past few years of more and more Anglicans "swimming the Tiber" and joining the Catholic Church, especially as various groups within the Anglican Church have allowed for female bishops and for those living in same sex civil unions to become bishops as well. 

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