Conference to Explore Interest in Canada Ordinariate

TORONTO, JAN. 18, 2011 ( On the heels of the establishment in the United Kingdom of the first ordinariate for former Anglicans, the Church in Canada is exploring the level of interest among Anglicans here for their own ordinariate.

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Toronto’s Archbishop Thomas Collins is the Vatican delegate charged with seeing what needs to be done to establish an ordinariate in Canada.

Ordinariates are the canonical structure that provides for Anglicans to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church while maintaining elements of their distinctive Anglican patrimony. This structure was made possible with Benedict XVI’s 2009 apostolic constitution, “Anglicanorum Coetibus” (Groups of Anglicans).

Archbishop Collins is planning a conference in March for Anglicans who would like to learn more about implementing “Anglicanorum Coetibus” in Canada. In addition to that March 24-26 event, there is also a Web site with information, including an explanatory letter from the archbishop.

Registrations for the conference begin Feb. 1.

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