The Pastoral Provision allows for some exceptions to the normal practice of the
Latin Riteof the Roman Catholic Churchin the United States. First, it allows diocesan bishops to establish Anglican UseCatholic parishes, which use a liturgyadapted from Anglicanismand are often led by former priests of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Parishes are located in the states of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas, among others.
Second, it allows married former Episcopal ministers to enter the Catholic Church and then to become priests. Other married former
Protestantclergy are also allowed to become Catholic priests but not under the Pastoral Provision. This is an exception to the general rule requiring Latin Rite Catholic priests to be celibate.
As presented in the [http://www.pastoralprovision.org Pastoral Provision] website:
1980the Holy See, in response to requests from priests and laity of the Episcopal Church who were seeking full communionwith the Catholic Church, created a Pastoral Provision to provide them with special pastoral attention. The Pastoral Provision is under the jurisdiction of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faithwhose Delegate directs the working of the Provision.
:Under the Provision the ordination of married Episcopalian priests was made possible (Cf.
Pope Paul VI, [http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/paul_vi/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_24061967_sacerdotalis_en.html Sacerdotalis caelibatus] , no. 42.). It also authorized the establishment of personal parishes in dioceses of the United States in response to the request of former faithful of the Episcopal Church in which they may retain certain liturgical elements proper to the Anglican tradition. The special liturgy was subsequently approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Committee for the Liturgy of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
:The Pastoral Provision is a service rendered to the bishops of the United States by which former Episcopalian priests who have been accepted as candidates for priestly ordination receive theological, spiritual, and pastoral preparation for ministry in the Catholic Church.
1983over seventy men have been ordained for priestly ministry in Catholic dioceses of the United States; seven personal parishes have been established and the Book of Divine Worship has been authorized.
Canada, there is no formal pastoral provision. However, The Toronto Starreports that there are approximately half a dozen married former Anglican priests who are ministering in Roman Catholic parishes in the country. One of these, Fr. Rick McKnight, was quoted as being against lifting priestly celibacy for priests in general. He is a priest on staff of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Aurora, Ontario, and chaplain at St. Basil the Great CollegeSchool in North York, Ontario.
*William Joseph Cardinal Levada
**Cardinal Prefect of the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
*The Most Rev.
John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark
**Ecclesiastical Delegate for the Pastoral Provision
William H. Stetson, Prelatureof Opus Dei
**Secretary to the Ecclesiastical Delegate
Taylor Marshall, Assistant Director of the Catholic Information Center
**Assistant Secretary to the Ecclesiastical Delegate
Pastoral Provision Faculty
Robert F. Coleman, J.C.D.
Joseph R. Chapel, S.T.D.
*Liturgical and Sacramental Theology
Gerald McCarren, S.T.D.
Lawrence Porter, Ph.D.
John F. Russell, O. Carm., S.T.D.
Robert J. Wister, Hist. Eccle. D.
C. Anthony Ziccardi, S.S.L., S.T.L.All faculty members are members of the Theological Faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall Universityin South Orange, N.J..
Book of Divine Worship
* [http://www.pastoralprovision.org Pastoral Provision]
* [http://www.atonementonline.com/resource001.html Document establishing the Pastoral Provision, July 22, 1980]
* [http://www.anglicanuse.org/ The Anglican Use Society]
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AnglicanUse/ Anglican Use Yahoo Group]
* [http://www.atonementonline.com/orderofmass/Rite1.html Online version of Anglican Use Mass, Rite 1, according to the BDW]
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