Lots of ink, and plenty of digital code, has been spent on the actions by the Vatican to reach out to some former Anglicans and allow them a way to become Roman Catholic. Is this a big deal, or not? Is this a major historical moment, or a move of pastoral and ecclesial care for a few (very few, it seems) people without a denominational home? Is this a way to get a toe in the door in favor of doing away with the celibate Roman priesthood? Is this a move by the Pope to drive a wedge into the Anglican Communion? Time will tell.
I tend to agree with Diana Butler Bass, who is not so surprised by the move and who blogged about it at her BeliefNet blog. "Vatican Woos Conservative Anglicans: This is News?"
Here were my responses to this announcement....[warning! humor! warning! attempts at humor! warning!]
~The Rev. Peter M. Carey
My first response, was (warning, lame attempt at humor!):
Apropos of some people thinking the Pope has to invite us to Rome...
(I love Audrey Hepburn!)
My second response was an image I lifted from Wikipedia along with this comment: Are some of the lines on this image now coming together? Some thinkers have been writing about "post-denominationalism"...is this move by the Vatican one of the major first moves of that process, or is this event not much at all? ... hard to know.
Third... response was that I was left a bit confused that the Archbishop of Canterbury seemed surprised and amazingly restrained in his response to the Vatican announcement in the video that I've posted below. Watch it, and then think what he REALLY wanted to say, he gives some hints, I think.