The Vatican Congregation for the Eastern Catholic Churches has issued a new ruling generally permitting the ordination of married men outside of the traditional lands from which these churches originated – hitherto, for example in the USA, this was prohibited.
In the official letter of the Prefect of the Congregation, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, which was officially approved by Pope Francis, the situation of the Personal Ordinariates is surprisingly cited as a precedent. This is particularly confusing, since AC specifically states that the celibate priesthood is the norm for the Ordinariates and that ordination of married men is only to be permitted on a case by case basis, which was in fact more or less the situation of the Eastern Churches in the West before this letter was written!
Is this a case of clumsiness and very bad research on the part of the said Congregation? Or is it perhaps an indication that the Vatican is willing to be very generous in its case-by-case rulings for ordaining married men (who were not Anglican clerics) in the Ordinariates too? This would indeed be a very significant move and would represent an important further recognition of Anglican patrimony.