Update: GAFCON responds Nov 10, 2009 (HT: David Alenskis)
Indeed there was. Eric Landry at the WHI Blog has nice post addressing the recent decision by the Vatican (specifically the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith) to provide a way for Anglicans to enter the Roman communion and retain some elements of their Anglican identity.
As Eric notes, some are hailing this as a great step toward church unity. The Anglican Bishop who said, “There was a Reformation, you remember” has a great point. As far as I can tell from the press release on the Vatican website there’s no news here. Anyone who is willing to recognize the Petrine office and authority of the Roman see and agree to the doctrine of the Roman communion (as articulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church) has been eligible to be received into communion with Rome for centuries. With those two steps, whatever anyone says, he has jettisoned the Anglican Articles, the Anglican catechism, and the Book of Common Prayer. It’s hard to see what “Anglican traditions” are left to be kept.
The biggest concession I can see here is that Rome seems to be willing to ordain as Roman priests Anglican clergy who are married. The release says:
It provides for the ordination as Catholic priests of married former Anglican clergy. Historical and ecumenical reasons preclude the ordination of married men as bishops in both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. The Constitution therefore stipulates that the Ordinary can be either a priest or an unmarried bishop. The seminarians in the Ordinariate are to be prepared alongside other Catholic seminarians, though the Ordinariate may establish a house of formation to address the particular needs of formation in the Anglican patrimony”.
The actual text of the “Apostolic Constitution” has not yet been released.