Dr. Rowan Williams sent a letter to the Anglican Bishops, excerpted here:
"The Vatican has announced today that PopeBenedict XVI has approved an ‘Apostolic Constitution’ (a formal papal decree) which will make some provision for groups of Anglicans (whether strictly members of continuing Anglican bodies or currently members of the Communion) who wish to be received into communion with the See of Rome in such a way that they can retain aspects of Anglican liturgical and spiritual tradition.
"I am sorry that there has been no opportunity to alert you earlier to this; I was informed of the planned announcement at a very late stage, and we await the text of the Apostolic Constitution itself and its code of practice in the coming weeks. But I thought I should let you know the main points of the response I am making in our local English context– in full consultation with Roman Catholic bishops in England and Wales – in the hope of avoiding any confusion or misrepresentation."Behind all the political movement and intrigue lies one incredible, historic, monumental fact: the Roman Catholic Church, through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit, is the true home of all Christians and has welcomed our separated Anglican bretheren home. Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI has been an instrument of God's healing grace bringing us closer to the unity we pray so earnestly for.
This is big. REALLY BIG.