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October 27 2009 By virtueonline LONDON: Former Archbishop of Canterbury branded a moaner over Rome offer

Asked about complaints by Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, about the Pope not consulting widely enough and seeking Dr Williams's advice before announcing the plan, he said: "Well, he's just moaning. Rowan is big enough and old enough to speak for himself."

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October 27 2009 By virtueonline ROME: Anglican Reunion will Create "Huge Cultural Shift" to the Extreme Left

"It was a request that has been made twice now by the traditional Anglican community in England and Australia and this is a very pastoral response," said Fr. Powell, a popular clerical Catholic blogger and a graduate student in philosophy at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.

"Cardinal Levada said it best, this is not an initiative on the part of the Holy Father; it's a response."

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October 26 2009 By virtueonline Global South Primates Steering Committee Affirms Anglican Covenant

2. The Vatican announcement on Apostolic Constitution (Note of The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans entering the Catholic Church) gives us an occasion in making the following pastoral exhortation.

3. We welcome Pope Benedict XVI's stance on the common biblical teaching on human sexuality, and the commitment to continuing ecumenical dialogue.

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October 26 2009 By virtueonline PARIS: Developing nation Anglicans decline pope's offer

Indirectly declining the pope's offer to receive alienated Anglicans, the group called on the Communion's member churches to adopt a "covenant" to coordinate policy in the loosely structured 77-million-strong worldwide Anglican community.

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October 25 2009 By virtueonline PERTH: Anglicans warned about joining Catholic Church in anger and haste

But he said people of either church "should not seek to leave and join the other church because of a particular issue that they may disagree with, but rather express a total acceptance of all that the particular church they are joining stands for. Anger and being disgruntled are not good qualities to bring to a church fellowship."

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October 25 2009 By virtueonline What the Vatican's welcome of Anglicans means

More in the realm of reality, the move was styled as Rome rolling out a welcome mat for "disaffected Anglicans," meaning conservatives unhappy with the ordination of women as priests and bishops, the blessing of same-sex unions, and the ordination of openly gay clergy. That's indeed likely to be the constituency most disposed to take up Rome's offer, but in principle these new structures will be open to all Anglicans, whatever their position on the culture wars.

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October 25 2009 By virtueonline ROSEMONT, PA: For an Episcopal Parish, a Path to Catholicism

This parish could be one of the first in the United States to convert en masse after the Vatican completes plans for a new structure to allow Anglicans to become Catholic while retaining many of their spiritual traditions, like the Book of Common Prayer and married priests.

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October 25 2009 By virtueonline AUSTRALIA: More roads lead to Rome as divine divide diminishes - TAC interview

Inquirer: In place of conventional dioceses, the new arrangements envisage "personal ordinariates". Are they akin to the military ordinariates for dispersed groups of personnel in the various branches of the armed forces?

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October 25 2009 By virtueonline LONDON: Some Anglicans welcome Rome's invitation

So Pope Benedict XVI's stunning announcement this week of a new dispensation that would, in effect, give traditionally minded Anglicans their own niche within the Catholic Church seems almost too good an offer to pass up.

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October 25 2009 By virtueonline Roman Catholics and Anglo-Catholics: this is the moment of truth

The "flying" Bishop of Ebbsfleet, Andrew Burnham, told the Forward in Faith meeting today: "We are Western Christians, Catholics of the Latin Rite, separated from the Holy See.." Well, now there's a way to demonstrate that. It's already clear that Burnham and most of the big guns in the Anglo-Catholic movement will join the Personal Ordinariate, surmounting practical problems. Most young priests will do likewise, I suspect.

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