The Ethics Daily website reports today (November 22, 2011) that a new Roman Catholic structure for Anglican converts in the United States will be formally launched on January 1, 2012, according to Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C.
The structure -- technically called an ordinariate -- will function like a non-geographic diocese. Converting congregations will be allowed to retain certain Anglican liturgical and ecclesiastical traditions, such as married priests.
Thus far, 67 Anglican clergy have applied for ordination as Catholic priests, and 35 have received initial approval from the Vatican, Cardinal Wuerl said.
Following England -- which created an Anglican ordinariate last January -- the U.S. will be the second since Pope Benedict XVI extended an unprecedented welcome to Anglicans (called Episcopalians in the United States) in 2009.