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A Treasure to Be Shared

Understanding Anglicanorum coetibus

Edited by Walter Oxley and Ulrich Rhode
A Treasure to Be Shared is intended to promote a more widespread knowledge of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. The Apostolic Constitution provided for Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans entering into full communion with the Catholic Church. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Apostolic Constitution, an academic symposium in the year 2019 sponsored by the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, provided historical, liturgical, canonical and ecumenical perspectives on the fruits of the Apostolic Constitution for the wider Church. The hope is that the reader will see the Personal Ordinariates of The Chair of Saint Peter in the United States and Canada, Our Lady of Walsingham in Great Britain and Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia as a gift to the Church, and a treasure to be shared by all.

About the Authors

Ulrich Rhode, SJ, is Dean of the Faculty of Canon Law of the Pontifical University Gregoriana, Rome. Rev. Walter Oxley is a diocese priest in Toledo, Ohio and was an official for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. Bishop Steven J. Lopes is the first bishop of the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter and pastor to all its members and clergy in the United States. Cardinal Luis Ladaria, SJ, is Prefect for the Congregation of the Faith.


"Taken together these contributors provide a detailed analysis of the discussions leading up to the decision to create the ordinariates and their significance from several angles. The papers are well researched and written by experts in their fields. I'm not aware of any competing publications."—Rev. Ronald G. Roberson, CSP, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

"A splendid, book, by a dream team of commentators."—Stephen Bullivant, St. Mary's University, Twickenham, London

"A Treasure to be Shared offers an invaluable collection of essays on the origins, purpose, and mission of the Personal Ordinariates for former Anglicans, from the perspective of the Holy See and its closest collaborators. Ten years on, it makes clear the historical, juridical, liturgical, and ecumenical significance of Anglicanorum Coetibus, and shows Pope Benedict XVI's initiative to be exactly what he intended: 'a prophetic gesture.'"—Rev. James Bradley, School of Canon Law, The Catholic University of America

"A Treasure to be Shared provides welcome insight into the historical, canonical, liturgical, and ecumenical factors which led to the promulgation of Anglicanorum Coetibus, one of the most bold and important initiatives of recent times for the promotion of Christian Unity. The essential insights of the authors, who are among the most important protagonists in ecclesial polity and governance today, provide practical and theoretical background applicable not only to the structures established for the orderly integration of the Christian Faithful from the Anglican Communion and the preservation of the authentic Anglican Patrimony, but also to the Church's juridical mindset as a whole."—Very Rev. John J. H. Hammond, Vicar General and Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Nashville

"The exceedingly generous welcome Benedict XVI offered to Anglican communities with Anglicanorum coetibus in many ways brings St John Henry Newman's ecumenical vision to fruition. Moreover, the liturgical books for the Personal Ordinariates approved by Pope Francis recognise the diversity of liturgical expression within the unity of the Catholic faith. This authoritative guide to Anglicanorum coetibus sheds light on the background to these important decisions and explores their significance for the future of the Church."—Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, Cong. Orat., St Mary's University, Twickenham, London

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