CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH
FOR THE APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION
Jurisdiction of the Holy See
Each Ordinariate is subject to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
It maintains close relations with the other Roman Dicasteries in accordance with
Relations with Episcopal Conferences and Diocesan Bishops
§ 1. The Ordinary follows the directives of the national Episcopal Conference
insofar as this is consistent with the norms contained in the Apostolic
§ 2. The Ordinary is a member of the
respective Episcopal Conference.
The Ordinary, in the exercise of this office, must maintain close ties of
communion with the Bishop of the Diocese in which the Ordinariate is present in
order to coordinate its pastoral activity with the pastoral program of the
§ 1. The Ordinary may be a bishop or a presbyter appointed by the Roman Pontiff
ad nutum Sanctae Sedis, based on a terna presented by the Governing
Council. Canon Law 383-388, 392-394, and 396-398, of the Code of Canon Law,
apply to him.
§ 2. The Ordinary has the faculty to incardinate in the Ordinariate former
Anglican ministers who have entered into full communion with the Catholic
Church; particularly those already incardinated in a diocese by virtue of the
Pastoral Provision; as well as candidates belonging to the Ordinariate and
promoted to Holy Orders by him. Clerics incardinating into the Ordinariate must
excardinate from their former Diocese.
§ 3. Having first consulted with the Episcopal Conference and obtained the
consent of the Governing Council and the approval of the Holy See, the Ordinary
can erect as needed territorial deaneries supervised by a delegate of the
Ordinary covering the faithful of multiple personal parishes.
The Faithful of the Ordinariate
§ 1. The lay faithful originally of the Anglican tradition who wish to belong to
the Ordinariate, after having made their Profession of Faith and received the
Sacraments of Initiation, with due regard for Canon 845, are to be entered in
the apposite register of the Ordinariate. Those who have received all of the
Sacraments of Initiation outside the Ordinariate are not ordinarily eligible for
membership, unless they are members of a family belonging to the Ordinariate.
§ 2. A person who has been baptized in the Catholic Church but who has not
completed the Sacraments of Initiation, and subsequently returns to the faith
and practice of the Church as a result of the evangelizing mission of the
Ordinariate, may be admitted to membership in the Ordinariate and receive the
Sacrament of Confirmation or the Sacrament of the Eucharist or both.
§ 3. A person, who has been validly baptized in another Ecclesial Community
outside of the Catholic Church, and subsequently desires to enter into full
communion with the Catholic Church through the evangelizing mission of the
Ordinariate, may be admitted to membership in the Ordinariate upon reception
into full communion and conferral of the Sacraments of Confirmation and
Eucharist. Also, this applies to the case of those not being validly baptized
that have come to the faith through the evangelizing mission of the Ordinariate
and therefore receive in it all of the sacraments of initiation.
§ 4. Lay faithful and members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of
Apostolic Life, when they collaborate in pastoral or charitable activities,
whether diocesan or parochial, are subject to the Diocesan Bishop or to the
pastor of the place; in which case the power of the Diocesan Bishop or pastor is
exercised jointly with that of the Ordinary and the pastor of the Ordinariate.
§ 1. In order to admit candidates to Holy Orders the Ordinary must obtain the
consent of the Governing Council. In consideration of Anglican ecclesial
tradition and practice, the Ordinary may present to the Holy Father a request
for the admission of married men to the presbyterate in the Ordinariate, after a
process of discernment based on objective criteria and the needs of the
Ordinariate. These objective criteria are determined by the Ordinary in
consultation with the local Episcopal Conference and must be approved by the
§ 2. Those who have been previously ordained in the Catholic Church and
subsequently have become Anglicans, may not exercise sacred ministry in the
Ordinariate. Anglican clergy who are in irregular marriage situations may not be
accepted for Holy Orders in the Ordinariate.
§ 3. Presbyters incardinated in the Ordinariate receive the necessary faculties
from the Ordinary.
§ 1. The Ordinary must ensure that adequate remuneration be provided to the clergy
incardinated in the Ordinariate, and must provide for their needs in the event
of sickness, disability, and old age.
§ 2. The Ordinary will enter into discussion with the Episcopal Conference about
resources and funds which might be made available for the care of the clergy of
§ 3. When necessary, priests, with the permission of the Ordinary, may engage in
a secular profession compatible with the exercise of priestly ministry (cf.
CIC, can. 286).
§ 1. The presbyters, while constituting the presbyterate of the Ordinariate, are
eligible for membership in the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese in which they
exercise pastoral care of the faithful of the Ordinariate (cf. CIC, can.
§ 2. Priests and Deacons incardinated in the Ordinariate may be members of the
Pastoral Council of the Diocese in which they exercise their ministry, in
accordance with the manner determined by the Diocesan Bishop (cf. CIC,
can. 512, §1).
§ 1. The clerics incardinated in the Ordinariate should be available to assist
the Diocese in which they have a domicile or quasi-domicile, where it is deemed
suitable for the pastoral care of the faithful. In such cases they are subject
to the Diocesan Bishop in respect to that which pertains to the pastoral charge
or office they receive.
§ 2. Where and when it is deemed suitable, clergy incardinated in a Diocese or in
an Institute of Consecrated Life or a Society of Apostolic Life, with the
written consent of their respective Diocesan Bishop or their Superior, can
collaborate in the pastoral care of the Ordinariate. In such case they are
subject to the Ordinary in respect to that which pertains to the pastoral charge
or office they receive.
§ 3. In the cases treated in the preceding paragraphs there should be a written
agreement between the Ordinary and the Diocesan Bishop or the Superior of the
Institute of Consecrated Life or the Moderator of the Society of Apostolic Life,
in which the terms of collaboration and all that pertains to the means of
support are clearly established.
§ 1. Formation of the clergy of the Ordinariate should accomplish two objectives:
1) joint formation with diocesan seminarians in accordance with local
circumstances; 2) formation, in full harmony with Catholic tradition, in those
aspects of the Anglican patrimony that are of particular value.
§ 2. Ordinariate Seminarians will receive their theological formation with other
seminarians at a seminary or theological faculty in agreement with the Diocesan
Bishop or Bishops concerned. Candidates may receive other aspects of priestly
formation at a seminary program or house of formation established, with the
consent of the Governing Council, expressly for the purpose of transmitting
§ 3. The Ordinariate must have its own Program of Priestly Formation, approved by
the Holy See; each house of formation should draw up its own rule, approved by
the Ordinary (cf. CIC, can. 242, §1).
§ 4. The Ordinary may accept as seminarians only those faithful who belong to a
personal parish or community of the Ordinariate or who were previously
Anglican and have established full communion with the Catholic Church.
§ 5. The Ordinariate sees to the continuing formation of its clergy, through
their participation in local programs for formation provided by the Episcopal
Conference and the Diocesan Bishop, as well as in their own programs of ongoing
Former Anglican Bishops
§ 1. A married former Anglican Bishop is eligible to be appointed Ordinary. In
such a case he is to be ordained a priest in the Catholic Church and then
exercises pastoral and sacramental ministry within the Ordinariate with full
§ 2. A former Anglican Bishop who belongs to the Ordinariate may be called upon
to assist the Ordinary in the administration of the Ordinariate.
§ 3. A former Anglican Bishop who belongs to the Ordinariate and who has not been
ordained as a bishop in the Catholic Church, may request permission from the
Holy See to use the insignia of the episcopal office.
The Governing Council
§ 1. The Governing Council, in accord with Statutes which the Ordinary
must approve, will have the rights and responsibilities accorded by the
Code of Canon Law to the College of Consultors and the Presbyteral Council.
§ 2. In addition to these responsibilities, the Ordinary needs the consent of the
Governing Council to:
a. admit a candidate to Holy Orders;
b. erect or suppress a personal parish;
c. erect or suppress a house of formation;
d. approve a program of formation.
§ 3. The Ordinary also consults the Governing Council concerning the pastoral
activities of the Ordinariate and the principles governing the formation of
§ 4. The Governing Council has a deliberative vote:
a. when choosing a terna of names to submit to the Holy See for the
appointment of the Ordinary;
b. when proposing changes to the Complementary Norms of the Ordinariate to present
to the Holy See;
c. when formulating the Statutes of the Governing Council, the Statutes of the
Pastoral Council, and the Rule for houses of formation.
§ 5. The Governing Council is composed according to the Statutes of the Council.
Half of the membership is elected by the priests of the Ordinariate.
The Pastoral Council
§ 1. The Pastoral Council, constituted by the Ordinary, offers advice regarding
the pastoral activity of the Ordinariate.
§ 2. The Pastoral Council, whose president is the Ordinary, is governed by
Statutes approved by the Ordinary.
The Personal Parishes
§ 1. The pastor may be assisted in the pastoral care of the parish by the
parochial vicar, appointed by the Ordinary; a pastoral council and a finance
council must be established in the Parish.
§ 2. If there is no vicar, in the event of absence, incapacity, or death of a
pastor, the pastor of the territorial parish in which the church of the personal
parish is located can exercise his faculties as pastor so as to supply what is
§ 3. For the pastoral care of the faithful who live within the boundaries of a
Diocese in which no personal parish has been erected, the Ordinary, having heard
the opinion of the local Diocesan Bishop, can make provisions for quasi-parishes
(cf. CIC, can. 516, §1).
The Celebration of Divine Worship
§ 1. Divine Worship, the liturgical form approved by the Holy See for use
in the Ordinariate, gives expression to and preserves for Catholic worship the
worthy Anglican liturgical patrimony, understood as that which has nourished the
Catholic faith throughout the history of the Anglican tradition and prompted
aspirations towards ecclesial unity.
§ 2. Public liturgical celebration according to Divine Worship is
restricted to the Personal Ordinariates established under the Apostolic
Anglicanorum coetibus. Any priest incardinated in an
Ordinariate may celebrate according to Divine Worship outside the
parishes of the Ordinariate when celebrating Mass without a congregation, or
publicly with the permission of the rector/pastor of the corresponding church or
§ 3. In cases of pastoral necessity or in the absence of a priest incardinated in
an Ordinariate, any priest incardinated in a Diocese or in an Institute of
Consecrated Life or Society of Apostolic Life may celebrate according to
Divine Worship for members of the Ordinariate who request it. Any priest
incardinated in a Diocese or in an Institute of Consecrated Life or Society of
Apostolic Life may concelebrate Mass according to Divine Worship.
The Supreme Pope Francis, at the Audience granted to the undersigned Cardinal
Prefect on March 8, 2019, approved this updated version of the Complementary
Norms for the Apostolic Constitution
Anglicanorum coetibus, adopted in the
Ordinary Session of the Congregation, and ordered its publication.
Rome, from the Offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, March
19, 2019, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and
Patron of the Universal Church.
Luis F. Card. LADARIA, S.I.
+ Giacomo MORANDI
Archbishop tit. of Cerveteri
This paragraph was added to the text of the Complementary Norms according to a
decision of the Ordinary Session held on 29 May 2013, approved by Pope Francis
on 31 May 2013.
Complementary Norms for the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum
coetibus , November 4, 2009
OR, 9-10.11.2009, p. 7.
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