Ecumenism: September 2010 Archives
On 22 September 2010, a giant in the world of ecumenism and Eastern Christianity died after living with illness. No one can doubt the sentiment expressed by the Pope saying that Monsignor Fortino had a "generous commitment with intelligence and passion at the service of unity." The Pope last saw Monsignor Fortino on June 28 with the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. A telegram was sent through his secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, honoring the life of the undersecretary (third in charge) of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, who focused particularly on relations with the Orthodox Churches.
The Archbishop of Washington, Donald W. Wuerl, STD, 70, has been delegated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to be the principal guide for those Anglican/Episcopalian clergyman seeking full communion with the Catholic Church, and ordination as a priest.
The USCCB announcement is posted here.
The committee headed by Archbishop Wuerl will include their Excellencies, The Most Reverends Kevin Vann, JCD (Fort Worth, TX) and Robert McManus, STD (Worcester, MA). They will be assisted by Father Scott Hurd, himself a convert to Catholicism. The committee will facilitate the implementation of Anglicanorum coetibus in the USA and assess the need for an ordinariate in the USA.
The Pope's Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus can be read here.