The Anglicanorum Coetibus Society is the new name for the former Anglican Use Society. The name change reflects our new international focus. Our aim is to foster discussion and debate about Anglican patrimony inside and outside the Catholic Church. For more information about the Society and its aims, see our website.
Our name comes from Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus: Providing for Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans Entering into Full Communion with the Catholic Church.
Pope Benedict XVI wrote: Without excluding liturgical celebrations according to the Roman Rite, the Ordinariate has the faculty to celebrate the Holy Eucharist and the other Sacraments, the Liturgy of the Hours and other liturgical celebrations according to the liturgical books proper to the Anglican tradition, which have been approved by the Holy See, so as to maintain the liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions of the Anglican Communion within the Catholic Church, as a precious gift nourishing the faith of the members of the Ordinariate and as a treasure to be shared.
The aim of this blog is to discuss how we “maintain the liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions of the Anglican Communion within the Catholic Church, as a precious gift nourishing the faith of the members of the Ordinariate and as a treasure to be shared.”
What are these traditions? Where are they still operating in the Anglican world? What treasures remain to be unpacked and shared? What role do the Ordinariates play in ecumenism, evangelization and bridge-building?
The opinions of the bloggers here are their own and not those of the Society or the Ordinariates. We are hoping the discussion will be lively and fruitful, with room for cordial disagreement and constructive criticism.