When the dust settles, the centuries-long breach between Rome and Canterbury will remain intact.
Well, yes, but the point is that there isn't going to be anyone left on the other side.
In some reports, the move was touted as a bold gambit to end the schism that began with the English Reformation in the 16th century -- a dubious bit of spin, given that the actual number of Anglicans likely to sign up for one of these ordinariates will almost certainly be quite small.
...well, yes. But really the reason for this is that the number of Anglicans is also pretty small.
Church of England:
Average Sunday attendance in 1992 was 1,122,600, or 2.3 per cent of the population; down from 2.4 per cent or 1,137,000.
As someone at the Anglican press conference on Tues pointed out, the whole thing is going to be more or less moot in 20 years. The Anglican Communion will be no more.
The only question is going to be, who gets the big pointy buildings in the end? The Government? or the Islams?
Just please, please, don't give them to the English Catholic Bishops, mmkay?