A group with three churches in the Ottawa area has taken up the Vatican’s offer of a special legal structure enabling disillusioned Anglicans to return to Rome.
The Anglican Catholic Church of Canada — a denomination already closely aligned with Catholic precepts — is the first in Canada to approach the Vatican like this.
As with the others, they keep their liturgy, their prayer books, and their married clergy, operating under “a separate set of rules for the group, much as [has been the case] with Eastern Rite Catholics.”
For the latter, in Chicago go to the Ukrainian Catholic church just off Chicago Avenue, in Ukrainian Village, and have a chat with the Roman Catholic priest, as #2 Son and I did a few years back on Father’s Day, until he begged leave to get back to wife and kiddies at home, it having been a long day at the office, I mean in the sanctuary.
That’s Sts. Volodymyr and Olha, 2245 W. Superior, 312–829-5209. There’s also St. Joseph the Betrothed, 5000 N. Cumberland, 773–625–4805.
The advantage of such a liturgy, behind giving a chance to brush up on your Cyrillic alphabet, is you don’t have to listen to a priest spelling everything out but can surrender yourself to the mystery of it all, mystery being the lost child of liturgical practice in the wake of Vatican Two.