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Canada: traditional Anglicans ask to become Catholic

Leaders of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada  have sent a petition to the Vatican asking for  full communion with the Roman Catholic Church through the implementation of 'Anglicanorum Coetibus.'

The petition, dated  12 March, was sent to Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In the letter,  the College of Bishops of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (ACCC), which is a member of the Traditional Anglican Communion, expressed gratitude for the congregation's "positive response of December 16, 2009 to our letter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of October 5, 2007."

They wrote: "We have all read and studied with care the apostolic constitution 'Anglicanorum Coetibus' with the complementary norms and the accompanying commentary. And now, in response to your invitation to contact your dicastery to begin the process you lay out, we respectfully ask that the apostolic constitution be implemented in Canada."

They request that they may establish an interim governing council of three priests (or bishops) "and that this council be given the task and authority to propose to His Holiness a terna for appointment of the initial ordinary."

The letter concluded, "It is our hope and prayer that these proposals may be useful in setting in train the process set out in the most welcome, gracious, and generous response of the Holy Father to our petition."

The letter was signed by the ACCC's leader, Bishop Peter Wilkinson of Victoria, as well as two suffragan bishops: Bishop Craig Botterill and Bishop Carl Reid.

Leaders of the Anglican Church in America announced their decision on 3 March  to formally request the implementation of 'Anglicanorum Coetibus' in the United States.

The Traditional Anglican Communion, has about  400,000 members worldwide.