Pope Benedict XVI has most generously given us the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus in November, 2009. This is his response to Anglo-Catholics who seek to heal the 500-year-old split between themselves and the Catholic Church, while offering their centuries-old liturgical, devotional, and theological heritage and patrimony to, and for the benefit of, the Catholic Church.
The implementation of Anglicanorum Coetibus in the United States began in earnest on January 1, 2012, the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, with the erection of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter and the appointment of Fr. Jeffrey Steenson as the first Ordinary. The Ordinariate works like a non-geographical Diocese, effectively co-extensive with the United States, and the Ordinary functions in the manner of a Diocesan Bishop, serving under the direct authority of the Pope in partnership with the bishops of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Further information about the Ordinariate may be found at the following links:
At the Ordinariate website, your attention is specially drawn to these three pages:
Additional background on the genesis of Anglicanorum Coetibus, and on the Anglican patrimony in general, may be found at:
Be sure to visit the The Anglo-Catholic for news and information about the Ordinariates in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Our own William A. Wheatley is the author of a scholarly paper, Tu Es Petrus: The Necessity of Peter for the Unity of the Church. Read it here as a PDF. If you need a PDF reader, download it here.
For general reading, four books are especially recommended:
All the published works of Pope Benedict XVI -- and there are many -- may be found here.
On television, consider the new and very-well-received series, Catholicism: It's Your Story, created and hosted by Fr. Robert E. Barron, on EWTN and other networks. Airing schedules are listed on the series website.