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Tuesday 9 September 2014


In an interview on the SALT & LIGHT programme WITNESS, host Fr. Thomas Rosica spoke with Fr. John L. Hodgins, Priest Administrator of St. Thomas More Catholic Church of the Personal (Anglican) Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in Toronto. Fr. Hodgins shares his journey from Anglicanism into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

For over three decades, groups of Anglicans repeatedly asked the Pope if it would be possible for them to be received back into full communion with the Catholic Church while at the same time bringing their liturgical, musical, spiritual, and pastoral traditions to enrich the universal Church. 

In November of 2009, in response to these requests, the Holy See established a new structure within the Catholic Church through the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus (Groups of Anglicans) and its accompanying norms to allow Anglicans to do just that. 

It is important to note that Anglicanorum Coetibus is not an initiative of the Holy See: it is a response by the Holy See to initiatives by groups of Anglicans over the course of many years. Rather than merely making it possible to establish Anglican Use parishes under local bishops, as the 1980 Pastoral Provision had done in the United States, this structure allows such parishes to exist under their own bishop, called an ordinary, in non-geographical personal ordinariates. 


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