Vatican issues ‘clarification’ of Anglican plan which does not rule out ordaining married laymen

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The Vatican today issued a statement about its plans to create a personal Ordinariate for ex-Anglicans which discusses the possibility of ordaining married laymen on a case-by-case basis.

Cardinal William Levada, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was seeking to quash speculation that the publication of the Apostolic Constitution had been held up by squabbles over the ordination of married men. Not true, he insists.

His statement makes clear that celibacy will be the norm for priests in the Ordinariate – but does not rule out the possibility of married seminarians becoming priests, so long as the local Ordinary, the bishops’ conference and the Holy See agree that an exception should be made. My reading of this document is that it does not completely close the door on the possibility of future married seminarians being ordained.

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Posted October 31, 2009 at 11:05 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. David Hein wrote:

Yes—but a single (formerly Anglican) man in RC seminary who meets someone (a single woman) and gets married—can’t be ordained? (no) And a formerly Anglican priest, now a Roman priest, whose wife dies—can’t remarry? (no) And a married Roman Catholic man cannot go to seminary at all. This is indeed a rule that is a spliced-together cord, with different strands for different folks.

October 31, 1:02 pm | [comment link]
2. driver8 wrote:

Isn’t it rather similar to the Eastern rite Catholic discipline? Of course the historic discipline of priestly celibacy in the Western patriarchy remains unchanged. In other words former Anglicans are being recognized as having their own patrimony. The Western norm remains but space is made to recognize a particular gift that some in the Anglican ordinariates may bring to the church.

October 31, 1:27 pm | [comment link]
3. Br_er Rabbit wrote:

Well at least we have a date for the document: “by the end of the first week of November.”

October 31, 2:39 pm | [comment link]
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