Monday, November 8, 2010

Breaking News from England

It looks as if the prayers of Blessed John Henry, Cardinal Newman (and many others) are continuing to bear fruit.

Five Church of England Bishops have formally tendered their resignation from the CofE and announced their intention to join the English Ordinariate once it is formed.  The Bishops--three active, two retired--are among the most prominent of the so-called "Flying Bishops," who serve traditionalist Anglican congregations and are affiliated with the organization, Forward in Faith (FIF).  One of the five, John Broadhurst, Bishop of Fulham & Chairman of FIF International, has already announced his intention to take up the Holy Father's offer, formalized almost exactly one year ago in the Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum coetibus.

While this does not come as a complete surprise to most of us who keep track of such developments, it is a great joy to those of us who have been praying hard for our Catholic-minded brothers still on the other side of the Tiber.  Let us continue to pray that more of our separated brethren will come to be reconciled with Holy Mother Church.

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