Those who sow in joy…

There is sad news – from my perspective anyway – regarding Archbishop Hepworth and the TAC from South Africa, according to this report in the Australian. That it ended this way was never inevitable, but is not surprising. I can understand the TAC bishops decision, given all the circumstances. While it was never the case in the first place that Anglicanorum Coetibus was aimed at the TAC, a body which was already separated from the Anglican Communion and fully independant in its own structures, and while it was always unlikely that the TAC as a whole would accept the invitation, it is still sad that it has ended this way. I hold out hope that a number of TAC parishes and perhaps even dioceses will still accept the Holy Father’s offer of full communion, after all, only 12 of the 20 TAC bishops were at the meeting. And I especially pray that Archbishop Hepworth himself will find his way home again.

About Schütz

I am Catholic, married to Cathy, father of Maddy & Mia. Since 2002, I have been the Executive Officer of the Ecumenical & Interfaith Commission of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. I was once a Lutheran pastor, but a "year of grace" and soul-searching led me into the Catholic Church. It was a bumpy ride, but with the support of my (still Lutheran) wife, I was finally confirmed on June 16, 2003.
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3 Responses to Those who sow in joy…

  1. matthias says:

    My informaiton is thta the ACC group in Caulfield will be relocating to the Glenhuntly catholic parish and becoming part of the Ordinariate of the Our Lady of the Southern Cross

  2. Tony Bartel says:

    “That it ended this way was never inevitable.”

    Well nothing is inevitable, but this result was certainly highly probable.

  3. Marco says:

    Of course, David, the same people that “voted” (sic) Archbishop Hepworth out as Primate on the ground, one assumes, of his pro-Rome stance, are the same people who applauded him a couple of years ago and signed the Catechism of the Catholic Church!

    @Matthias: While I have heard the same “rumour” about St Mary’s – from, might I add, someone who should know – I do not think the whole congregation will move. There has been a major realigning within the Continuing movement within Australian over the Rome-issue.

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