A couple of years ago Fr João Vergamota, a Portuguese priest studying for his Licentiate in Canon Law, chose to write his thesis on the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, the legal provision for the establishment of the Personal Ordinariates. Fr Vergamota, who is the parish priest of Encarnação, Lisbon, is now a Priest Affiliate of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and part of our Ordinariate Expats group of members and friends.
Fr Vergamota’s supervisor encouraged him to publish his thesis as a book, and Fr Vergomata asked Mgr Newton to write a short forward to the published volume, which is entitled in Portuguese “A Constituição Apostólica Anglicanorum Coetibus – uma Resposta Jurídica no Caminho Ecuménico”.* (By clicking here you can read Mgr Newton’s Preface in English as well as the Preface, Contents and Introduction in Portuguese)
Mgr Newton was invited to attend the launch of the book at the Catholic University of Lisbon, along with around 100 guests including the Papal Nuncio for Portugal and the former Rector of the Catholic University of Lisbon, Prof. Braga de Cruz. (NEW: By clicking here you can access Fr. Vergamota’s thesis presentation notes in English.)
Pictured with Mgr. Newton on the platform are Fr Vergamota (left) and his supervisor, Fr João Seabra.
*João Vergamota: A Constituição Apostólica Anglicanorum Coetibus – uma Resposta Jurídica no Caminho Ecuménico is published by Universidade Católica Editora, Lisbon, at a price of € 11 (ISBN: 9789725404942).
P.S. Another of our Ordinariate Expats friends, Fr. Christian Wirz, Officialis of the Diocese of Hildesheim in Germany, has also published his licentiate thesis as a book. It is called “Das eigene Erbe wahren – Anglicanorum coetibus als kirchenrechtliches Modell für Einheit in Vielfalt?” (Preserving their own Patrimony – Anglicanorum coetibus as a canonical model for Unity in Diversity?) and costs € 36 (ISBN: 978-3-87497-276-5). The publishing house is Wingen Verlag, Essen.