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 their competence.
Relations with Episcopal Conferences and Diocesan
§1. The Ordinary follows the directives of the national
Episcopal Conference insofar as this is consistent with the norms
contained in the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus.
§2. The Ordinary is a member of the respective Episcopal
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 Diocese.
§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. Canons 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, as well as candidates belonging to
the Ordinariate and promoted to Holy Orders by him.
§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 baptized previously as Catholics outside the
Ordinariate are not ordinarily eligible for membership, unless they are
members of a family belonging to the Ordinariate.
§2. 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 Holy
§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
§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
§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 the Ordinariate.
§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. 498, §2).
§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
§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
§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
§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. Candidates for priestly ordination will receive
their theological formation with other seminarians at a seminary or a
theological faculty in conformity with an agreement concluded
between the Ordinary and, respectively, 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 of the Ordinariate or who were
previously Anglican and have established full communion with the
§5. The Ordinariate sees to the continuing formation of
its clergy, through their participation in local programs provided by
the Episcopal Conference and the Diocesan Bishop.
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 jurisdictional authority.
§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 may be invited to participate in the meetings of the
Bishops’ Conference of the respective territory, with the equivalent
status of a retired bishop.
§4. 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
a. concerning the pastoral activities of the
Ordinariate and the principles governing the formation of clergy.
§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 a 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 the 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 needed.
§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.
The Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI, at the Audience
granted to the undersigned Cardinal Prefect, approved these
Complementary Norms for the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus,
adopted in the Ordinary Session of the Congregation, and ordered their
Rome, from the Offices of the Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith, November 4, 2009, the Memorial of St. Charles
William Card. Levada
Luis. F. Ladaria, S.I.
Titular Archbishop of Thibica