Lutheran ordinariates possible1 November 2012
The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, said that ordinariates could possibly be set up for Catholic-minded Lutherans as they had been for disaffected Anglicans, if they wanted.
In an interview with the Rome-based news agency Zenit, the cardinal was asked whether a solution similar to Pope Benedict's 2009 apostolic constitution Anglicanorum coetibus - which paved the way for the establishment of ordinariates for Rome-minded Anglicans - was possible for Evangelical Christians.
He responded: "Anglicanorum coetibus was not an initiative of Rome, but came from the Anglican Church ... If similar desires are expressed by the Lutherans, then we will have to reflect on them. However, the initiative is up to the Lutherans."
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