A Catholic Lutheran Ordinariate? It could happen! This is the interior of a Lutheran Church. Looks Catholic doesn't it?
As you know, I am clairvoyant, but maybe I'm not. But in other posts I have indicated that the reforms of Vatican II and the liturgy is what has allowed the Catholic Church to work for Christian unity in earnest. In this regard, Pope Benedict is the pope of Christian unity.
He has reached out to the Anglican Communion and established the Anglican Ordinariate by which bishops, priests, deacons and laity of the Anglican Communion may re-enter the full communion of the Church and maintain many of their practices, their form of liturgy, spirituality and prayer. This is amazing and what Vatican II envisioned for Christian Unity, the return to the full communion of the Catholic Church. It is happening!
In terms of the Orthodox, the Eastern Rite of the Church is a special way to bring about the eventual reunion of the Orthodox while preserving their patrimony of liturgy, devotion and faith, as well as their bishops and priests and deacons.
Read the following. It might be possible in the future to have a Lutheran Ordinariate!!! I predicted that only a few months back and maybe a Methodist one and a Presbyterian one. Who knows where it will all end:
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith official: ecumenism’s goal is union with Pope; Lutheran ordinariate in works?
March 03, 2011
In an interview with The Portal-- a new publication devoted to the ordinariate of Anglican communities received into the Catholic Church-- an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith emphasized that the goal of ecumenical dialogue is the restoration of full communion between non-Catholic Christians and the Pope.
“The ordinariate is very important to the Holy Father,” said Father Hermann Geissler, the Austrian priest who leads the Congregation’s doctrinal office. “The ordinariate promotes unity and is a powerful instrument for unity, it will help Christians to be evangelists.” Noting that “we must cooperate and grow together,” the priest said that the Church will be enriched by the Anglican patrimony of music.
“The goal of the ecumenical movement is complete visible union with one Christ and with Peter in one Church,” Father Geissler emphasized.
The Portal also reported that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has begun to receive requests from Lutherans to establish a similar canonical structure that would allow them to enter the Catholic Church while retaining aspects of the Lutheran heritage. “The Holy Father will do all he can to bring other Christians into unity,” Father Geissler commented.