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Local Anglican-use Catholics hail Vatican move


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WEST ROXBURY -- Members of a local congregation of former Anglicans who joined the Roman Catholic Church years ago, support the recent move by the Vatican that will establish a worldwide structure for Anglicans who want to be in full communion with the Church, while preserving distinct aspects of their liturgy and culture.

Father Richard Bradford, chaplain of the Congregation of St. Athanasius, the lone Anglican-use congregation within the Archdiocese of Boston, praised the action by the Vatican.

“It wasn’t the Catholic Church looking to steal from other Christian communities. It was a response to Episcopalians who wanted to be reunited with the Holy See,” Father Bradford said. “It shows the Church at her best. In her zeal for souls, she’s leaving no stone unturned.”

Cardinal William J. Levada, the prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, said in an Oct. 20 Vatican press conference that an upcoming new apostolic constitution would create “personal ordinariates,” a structure similar to a diocese, for pastoral oversight for those who wish to bring Anglican liturgical elements into the Catholic Church with them.

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