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The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Peter is a mouthful for the new Catholic bishop that has the pastoral responsibility for Anglicans coming into the Roman Church since permission was granted by Pope Benedict XVI with his establishment of an ordinariate for Anglicans that sought to reunite with the Roman Catholic Church. Most Catholic don’t even know that these three ordinatiates even exist.
In November 2009, in response to these inquiries from Anglican groups worldwide, Pope Benedict XVI issued an apostolic constitution, Anglicanorum Coetibus. This document authorized the creation of “ordinariates” — communities that would be fully Catholic yet retain elements of Anglican heritage and liturgical practice.
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