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Our Lady of the Southern Cross

Decree of Erection of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross

The supreme law of the Church is the salvation of souls. As such, throughout its history, the Church
has always found the pastoral and juridical means to care for the good of the faithful.
With the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, promulgated on 4 November 2009, the
Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, provided for the establishment of Personal Ordinariates through
which Anglican faithful may enter, even in a corporate manner, into full communion with the
Catholic Church. On that sarne date, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published
Complementary Norms relating to such Ordinariates.

In conformity with what is established in Art. I § I and § 2 of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, having received requests from a considerable number of Anglican faithful, and having consulted with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

ERECTS

the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross within the territory of the Episcopal
Conference of Australia.

1. The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross ipso iure possesses juridic
personality and is juridically equivalent to a diocese. It includes those faithful, of every category
and state of life, who, originally having belonged to the Anglican Communion, are now in full
communion with the Catholic Church, or who have received the sacraments of initiation within the
jurisdiction of the Ordinarlate itself, or who are received into it beoause they are part of a family
belonging to the Ordinariate.

2. The faithful of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross are entrusted to
the pastoral care of the Personal Ordinary who, once named by the Roman Pontiff, possesses all
the faculties, and is held to all the obligations, specified in the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum
coetibus and the Complementary Norms as well as in those matters determined subsequently by the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on request both of the Ordinary, having heard the
Governing Council of the Ordinariate, and of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

3. The Anglican faithful who wish to be received into full communion with the Catholic
Church through the Ordinariate must manifest thls desire in writing. There is to be a program of
catechetical formation for these faithful, lasting for a oongruent time, and with content established
by the Ordinary in agreement with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith so that the faitllful
are able to adhere fully to the doctrinal content of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and
therefore, make the profession of faith.

4. For candidates for ordination who previously were ministers in the Anglican Communion,
there is to be a specific program of theological formation, as well as spiritual and pastoral
preparation, prior to ordination in the Catholic Church, according to what will be established by the
Ordinary in agreement with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and in consultation with
the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

5. For a cleric not incardinated in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross
to assist at a marriage of the faithful belonging to the Ordinariate, he must receive the faculty from
the Ordinary or the pastor of the personal parish to which the faithful belong.

6. The Ordinary is a member by right of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, with
deliberative vote in those cases in which this is required in law.

7. A cleric, having come originally from tho Anglican Communion, who has already been
ordained in the Catholic Church and incardinated in a Diocese, is able to be incardinated in the
Ordinariate in accord with the norm of can. 267 CIC.

8. Until the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross may have established its
own Tribunal, the judicial cases of its faithful are referred to the Tribunal of the Diocese in which
one of the parties has a domicile, while taking into account, however, the different titles of
competence established in cann. 1408-1414 and 1673 CIC12.

9. The faithful of tile Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross who are,
temporarily or permanently, outside the territory of tile Australian Catholic Bishops Conference,
while remaining members of the Ordinariate, are bound by universal law and those particular laws
of the territory where they find themselves.

10. If a member of the faithful moves permanently into a place where another Personal
Ordinariate has been erected, he is able, on his own request, to be received into it. The new
Ordinary is bound to inform the original Personal Ordinariate of the reception. If a member of the
faithful wishes to leave the Ordinariate, he must make such a decision known to his own Ordinary.
He automatically becomes a member of the Diocese where he resides. In this case, the Ordinary
will ensure that the Diocesan Bishop is informed.

11. The Ordinary, keeping in mind the Ratio fundamentalis institutionis sacerdotalis and the
Program of Priestly Formation of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, is to prepare a
Program of Priestly Formation for the seminarians of the Ordinariate which must be approved by
the Apostolic See.

12. The Ordinary will ensure that the Statutes of the Governing Council and the Pastoral
Council, which are subject to his approval, are drawn up.

13. The principal Church of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross will be
the Church of St. Ninian and St. Chad, Maylands, Perth. The Seat of the Ordinariate, where the
register referred to in Art. 5 § 1 of the Complementary Norms will be kept, will be determined by
the Ordinary in agreement with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and in consultation
with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

14. The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross has as its patron St. Augustine
of Canterbury.

Everything to the contrary notwithstanding.

Rome, from the Offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 15 June 2012, the
Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

William Cardinal Levada
Prefect

Luis F. Ladaria, SJ.
Titular Archbishop of Thibica.
Secretary

1 Cf. MS 10 I (2009), 985-990.
2 Cf. L 'Osservatore Romano (9-10 November 2009), p. 7; Weekly Edition In English (11 November 2009), p. 4.
3 Cf. can. 372 § 2 CIC; Apostolic Constitution Ang/tcanorum coet/bus, Art. I § 3.
4 Cf. Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, Art. I § 4.
5 Cf. Complementary NormS, Art. 5 § 1 .
6 cf. Apostolic Constitution Ang/lcanorum co. libus, Art. IV, Complemtmlary Norms, Art. 4 § I.
7 Cf. Apostolic Constitution Ang/tcanorum coeltbus, Art. VI § 4; Complemel'llary Norm., Art. 5 § 2; Art. 9.
8 Cf. Apostolic Constlrutlon Anglicanorum coelibus, ArI. IX:
9 Cf. Apostolic Constitution Ang/tcanorum coelibus, Art. 1 § 5.
10 Cf. cann. 1110-11 II CIC.
11 Cf. Complementary Norms, Art. 2 § 2.
12 Cf. Apostollc Constitution Ang/tcanorum coettbus, Art. XII.
13 Cf. can. 13 § 3 CIC.
14 Cf. Compl6menrllry Norms, An. 10 § 3; see also Apostolic Constitution Anslicanorum COBI/bus, An. VI § 2.
15 Cf. Complementary Norms, Art. 12 § I; Art. 13 § 2.
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