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October 21 2009 By virtueonline Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC) responds to Vatican announcement

The Most Reverend Robert Duncan, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America also responded, saying in part, "We... thank God for the partnership that orthodox Anglicans have long enjoyed with the Roman Catholic Church...

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October 21 2009 By virtueonline WASHINGTON: Vatican will allow Anglicans to join Catholic Church

The Catholic Church plan "reflects a really bold determination by Rome to seize the moment and do what it can to reach out to those who share its stance on women priests and homosexuality," said Ian Markham, dean of the Virginia Theological Seminary, an Episcopal seminary in Alexandria. "It is very, very bold and very interesting."

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October 21 2009 By virtueonline FT. WORTH:Anglo-Catholic Bishop Issues Cautious Endorsement of Vatican Provision

The virtues of the proposal as I understand it have to do with maintaining certain aspects of the Anglican way of worship, spirituality, and ethos while entering into full communion with the Pope. But of course, not all Anglo-Catholics can accept certain teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, nor do they believe that they must first convert to Rome in order to be truly catholic Christians.

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October 21 2009 By virtueonline CANA: Vatican Move Recognizes Reality of Anglican Divide

"Rome is reminding Anglicans that our historic, orthodox faith is more important than culture and more important than geography. CANA itself bears witness to the fact that God's church is made up of believers across the globe. The centrality of Jesus Christ and the authority of Scripture are the unwavering bonds that have drawn CANA churches and others within the Anglican Church in North America together.

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October 21 2009 By virtueonline NEW YORK: The Episcopal Church Weighs in on statement from the Vatican

We continue to remain in dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church through participation in the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Consultation (ARCIC) and the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue in the USA (ARC-USA).

The Episcopal Church is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and works together with other Provinces and with our ecumenical and interfaith partners to promote God's reign on earth.

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October 21 2009 By virtueonline LONDON: Pope's decree leaves Archbishop's hopes in ruins

But the archbishop seems not to have seen this coming. In a letter to Anglican bishops that Damian Thompson has posted on his blog, he makes it clear that he only learned of the announcement at "a very late stage".

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October 20 2009 By virtueonline LONDON: Rowan Williams' letter to his bishops

I attach a copy of the Joint Statement that I agreed to make alongside the Archbishop of Westminster, the President of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. It can be found below.

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October 20 2009 By virtueonline VATICAN CITY: Official Note on Anglicans Wishing to Enter the Catholic Church

"In this Apostolic Constitution the Holy Father has introduced a canonical structure that provides for such corporate reunion by establishing Personal Ordinariates, which will allow former Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of the distinctive Anglican spiritual and liturgical patrimony.

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October 20 2009 By virtueonline Traditional Anglican Communion Responds to Pope's Offer of Ecclesiastical Refuge

While we await the full text of the Apostolic Constitution, we are also moved by the pastoral nature of the Notes issued today by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. My fellow bishops have indeed signed the Catechism of the Catholic Church and made a statement about the ministry of the Bishop of Rome, reflecting the words of Pope John Paul II in his letter "Ut Unum Sint".

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October 20 2009 By virtueonline Anglican Church in North America Responds to Vatican Announcement

While our historic differences over church governance, dogmas regarding the Blessed Virgin Mary and the nature of Holy Orders continue to be points of prayerful dialogue, we look forward to an ever deepening partnership with the Catholic Church throughout the world. We pledge our earnest prayers for all those touched by this initiative, as we look forward to the publication of the Apostolic Constitution detailing today's announcement.

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