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Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller – The Call to Communion: Anglicanorum coetibus and Ecclesial Unity

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller – The Call to Communion: Anglicanorum coetibus and Ecclesial Unity

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Address of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Symposium on "The Mission of the Ordinariate" – St Mary's Seminary, Houston TX, 2 February 2013
Address of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Symposium on "The Mission of the Ordinariate" – St Mary's Seminary, Houston TX, 2 February 2013

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THE MISSION OF THE ORDINARIATE
Symposium | Ordinariate of the Chair of St.PeterSt. Mary’s Seminary, Houston, Texas February2, 2013
The Call to Communion:
 Anglicanorum coetibus
andEcclesial UnityMost Rev. Gerhard Ludwig Müller
 Prefect
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Thank you, Monsignor Steenson, for the invitation to par-ticipate in this symposium on the first anniversary of theestablishment of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. I bring with me the greetings and prayers of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict, and I begin by saying to you,the clergy and faithful of the Ordinariate, congratulationsand happy anniversary!I want to acknowledge the presence of Cardinal DonaldWuerl. We will have the opportunity later today to proper-ly express our gratitude to him for his excellent service asthe Holy See’s delegate for the implementation of 
 Angli-canorum coetibus.
Thank you, Your Eminence, for being
 
with us today and for addressing us on the New Evange-lization, a very important topic in these times.Cardinal Daniel DiNardo has welcomed us all to theArchdiocese of Galveston-Houston, and we thank him both for his hospitality and for his unwavering support for the Ordinariate. It is especially appropriate that we areholding this symposium at St. Mary’s Seminary as the for-mation program for Ordinariate clergy based here is a tan-gible sign of the support of this local Church in imple-menting the Holy Fathers vision expressed in
 Anglicano-rum coetibus
.I offer a warm welcome to my brother bishops and priests.Many of you have played an important role in laying thegroundwork for the establishment of the Ordinariate andguiding it in this first year. I would like also to thank Bishop Kevin Vann, the Holy See’s Delegate for the
Pas-toral Provision
for taking part in this symposium. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration between the Ordinariateand the
Pastoral Provision
.It is indeed a great honor for me to address you, the clergyand faithful of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Inresponding to the Holy Father’s invitation in
 Anglicano-rum coetibus,
each of you has demonstrated great courageand deep faith. I am aware that, for most of you, this has been a journey into the unknown and has called for con-
 
siderable personal sacrifice. In expressing my admirationfor your courage, I want you to know that the Holy Father is following with great interest the establishment and de-velopment of the Ordinariate. Last year, Cardinal WilliamLevada, my predecessor as Prefect of the Congregationfor the Doctrine of the Faith, told the clergy of the
 
Ordi-nariate of Our Lady of Walsingham that
 Anglicanorumcoetibus
was very much “the Pope’s
 
 project.” I have cometo understand how true that is. You are very much in histhoughts and prayers.Christ’s prayer “that they all might be one” underscoresthe imperative of seeking full visible unity among Chris-tians. The Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter serves thisvision of unity by making it possible for groups of Angli-cans to enter into communion with the Catholic Churchwhile preserving elements of the distinctive Anglicanspiritual and liturgical patrimony. It can certainly be saidthat, in creating this new structure, the Holy Father wasresponding to a movement of the Holy Spirit. It is theSpirit that draws the disciples of the Lord together, fash-ioning them into the ecclesial Body of Christ.Today, I propose to reflect on the great gift of communionto which the Spirit calls us. I will begin by developingsome theological principles which inform and direct thevision for unity expressed in
 Anglicanorum coetibus.
Withthese principles in mind, we can then examine the canoni-

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