Now that the Church of England is going ahead with ‘consecrations’ of women to the episcopate’, the historic ‘episcopacy’ so treasured by the Anglican communion has been definitively broken. What will follow is an illusion of ‘catholicity, and ‘orders’ that is not real, and is not based on our Catholic understanding of Orders as expressed through the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1551)
This priesthood is ministerial. “That office . . . which the Lord committed to the pastors of his people, is in the strict sense of the term a service. It is entirely related to Christ and to men. It depends entirely on Christ and on his unique priesthood; it has been instituted for the good of men and the communion of the Church.
In his Apostolic Letter ORDINATIO SACERDOTALIS (1994), the Holy Father Pope John Paul II, declared that “the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful. The Church of England’s decision to ”make’ female bishops is an aberration of catholic orders, which forever, closes the door on any meaningful discussion about unity, orders, and ecuminism.
William Oddie states;
Now the Church of England has decided on women bishops, ARCIC III is futile. As the CDF says, it is the Ordinariate now which is “ecumenism in the front row”…
What we all, Anglicans and Catholics alike, now need to register clearly is that this brings definitively to an end any last remaining hope of ultimate corporate reunion between us. Even Cardinal Walter Kasper, as President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, some time ago declared that the ordination of women to the episcopate “signified a breaking away from apostolic tradition and a further obstacle for reconciliation between the Catholic Church and the Church of England.” He also pointed to the internal disunity within Anglicanism, describing the protective legislation for those opposed to women’s ordination in the Church of England (“flying bishops” and so on) as the “unspoken institutionalism” of an “existing schism.”
The possibility that the reunion of Canterbury and Rome might still be possible has of course become ever more and more obviously delusional as the years have gone by. (Read more CatholicHerald.co.uk.)