The Portal June 2018 - Page 20

THE P RTAL June 2018 Page 20 Anglican Patrimony: A Perspective from the Holy See We publish the text of a talk given by Archbishop J Augustine Di Noia, OP of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the conference titled, “The Gospel and the Catholic Church: Anglican Patrimony Today” held at Saint Stephen’s House, Oxford in April this year. I had my first experience of the Anglican communion, when, roaming New York City’s theatre district as a high school student one day, I came upon the Church of St Mary the Virgin on West 46th Street. Eventually, I would learn that this was not a Roman Catholic Church, as I had assumed, but an Episcopal church founded by Father Thomas McKee Brown in 1868. He wanted to build a church in New York City dedicated to expressing the fullness of Catholic ritual and teaching within the Episcopal Church. With the support of the Episcopal Bishop of New York, Horatio Potter, and the donation of three lots by John Jacob Astor (who stipulated “that the Church should be free, and positively orthodox in management and working”), Brown saw the church erected, and then dedicated on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1870. The congregation had outgrown the church by 1890, and the present church was built on West 46th Street and dedicated in 1894. That day many years ago when I came upon what is known affectionately as “Smoky Mary’s” because of the abundance of incense used during its solemn liturgies, that is the day that I fell in love with Anglicanism. Perhaps more importantly, that experience-and many others subsequently - inspired and sustained a lifelong quest to understand what, since Pope Paul VI, we have come to call the Anglican patrimony. Today, I have been asked to approach the matter from the perspective of the Holy See as it has evolved over the past ten years. It was during that period that the question about what constitutes the Anglican patrimony took on an exceedingly concrete aspect for the universal Church. Allow me to explain the nature of the new situation in which this question is now posed concretely for the universal Church by considering the development of the liturgical provisions for use by the Personal Ordinariates erected following the publication of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus (2009). I In 2011 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Congregation for Divine Worship established the Anglicanae traditiones Interdicasterial Commission to undertake the task of developing liturgical provisions for use in the personal ordinarates. As a result of this work, the commission was able to authorise a Lectionary for the ordinariates based on the Revised Standard Version of the Bible (Second