(CNA) - With “overwhelming support,” a recent meeting of leaders in the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (ACCC) voted to unite with the Roman Catholic Church through the Apostolic Constitution created by Pope Benedict XVI.THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: In what has become one of the strongest, and dare I say most organized, acceptance of the pope's offer to Anglicans, the ACCC is now poised to become one of the first Anglican ordinariates. I suspect they will be established in full communion with Rome almost immediately after the English ordinariate.
The ACCC, part of the Continuing Anglican Movement, is made up of more than two dozen congregations. Its Eighth Provincial Synod and Thirteenth Diocesan Synod were held simultaneously at the Rosemary Heights Retreat Center in Surrey, British Columbia.
While multiple bodies throughout the English-speaking world have already accepted the pope's offer, it would appear the Vatican is holding out for some more concrete moves on the part of England. While the Traditional Anglican Church in England formally requested an ordinariate last May, the larger group Forward in Faith still has yet to make an official move, though it would appear to be trending in the same direction. Likewise, other Anglo-Catholic groups within the Church of England would also seem to be leaning toward the ordinariate after the disaster at this month's general synod.
It would seem the Vatican wants to start with England first, get the ordinariate up and running, then move out from there. Considering the clear and organized message sent by the ACCC this week, it would seem Canada may be #2 on the list. The United States is another story. Thanks to a weak and disorganized response from the Anglican Church in America, implementation here may be slow.