THE PAPAL CONSTITUTION 'ANLICANORUM COETIBUS' AND THE ANGLICAN IDENTITY ('Anglicanorum Coetibus' wobec problemu anglikanskiej tozsamosci)
The article presents some identitary problems related to the publication of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus. The document, published the 4th November 2009, opened the way for the creation of personal ordinariates for members of the Anglican community who wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. This document, followed by a Note of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, introduced a canonical structure that allows Anglicans enter the Catholic Church, preserving their spiritual and liturgical heritage. The Pope's decision is a response to inquiries of some Anglican groups. At the same time, it raises many questions related to the Anglican confessional identity. A serious crisis within the Anglican community - which mainly concerns moral teaching and pastoral practice - shows difficulties in expressing the Anglican identity. The source of these difficulties is the identitary problem in the history of the Church of England separated from Rome during the reign of Henry VIII. Because there is no doctrinal cause of this separation, the Anglican community seeks to find its identity in some specific theological ideas (such as via media and comprehensiveness) or in the unity of its liturgical worship. But the recent crisis shows that Anglican identitary factors are often insufficient. The Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus is a proposal made to the Anglicans who wish to preserve their spiritual heritage and liturgy at the same time gaining support for their Anglican identity in the Catholic communion. The unity of the Christian faith is not opposed to acceptable and justified diversity in the Church of Christ. Perhaps, the proposal expressed by the Pope in his Constitution would be a solution of the contemporary ecumenical crisis.
- Ks. dr MARCIN SKLADANOWSKI - asystent w Katedrze Teologii Ekumenicznej Instytutu Ekumenicznego KUL; wykladowca Wyzszego Seminarium Duchownego w Drohiczynie; ul. 3 maja 2, 17-300 Siemiatycze, Poland
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