The Ordinariate is Coming, on This Saturday!

Archbishop Nichols will ordain on 15th. Jan. three ex-Anglican bishops as Roman Catholic priests. His full statement was published by Catholic Herald on Tuesday (click Here). And the guide issued by the Bishops’ Conference can be read Here. CNA gives us a detailed description of the future ordinariate:

Catholic bishops in England and Wales expect that their country’s new jurisdiction for former Anglicans will be formally established in a Vatican decree by Jan. 15, the same day that three one time Anglican bishops will receive their ordination as Catholic priests.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols will ordain John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham and Keith Newton to the priesthood in a ceremony at Westminster Cathedral. […]

The three men will serve as priests in the Ordinariate for England and Wales, the first structure of its kind to be established under norms provided by Pope Benedict XVI. Their ordinations are proceeding quickly so that they can minister to their congregations continuously, without the long lapse in time that a separate program of formation would require.

Edwin Barnes and David Silk, two retired former Anglican bishops, are also training to become priests in the English and Welsh Ordinariate, and will most likely be ordained at a later date.

The ordinariate is a jurisdiction within the Roman Catholic Church, in which former Anglicans will preserve many of their distinct liturgical and spiritual traditions while adhering fully to Catholic teaching and authority. […]

Fr. Stock said it was especially important, during the first phases of the English and Welsh Ordinariate, “that our welcome is warm and our support is strong” for its new clergy and faithful. He encouraged Catholics in the U.K. and around the world to pray for Anglicans who are seeking to discern their future course, as well as those now preparing to enter the Catholic Church.

The ordinariates are similar to dioceses, although they can be led by either a bishop or a priest. However, members of the Ordinariate for England and Wales will remain under the jurisdiction of its leader (known as the “ordinary”), even if they reside in another English or Welsh bishop’s canonical territory.

The local ordinary, whether he is a bishop or a priest, will participate as a member of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. He will also have responsibility for implementing any pertinent decisions of the conference within his ordinariate, as a bishop would within his diocese. The ordinaries will also visit Rome every five years to confer with the Pope, as diocesan bishops do.

Although a married Anglican bishop may leave that position to become a Catholic priest, only those Anglicans who are unmarried will be considered for consecration as bishops if they leave the Anglican Communion to join an ordinariate. […]

Any eligible Catholic throughout the world will be able to attend and receive the sacraments in these communities, as in any other Roman Catholic or Eastern Catholic church.

On March 9, 2011 –when Lent begins, with Ash Wednesday– several more Anglican groups of clergy and faithful will enroll to join the Ordinariate for England and Wales. They will most likely enter fully into the Catholic Church during Holy Week of 2011, pending an agreement between the head of the ordinariate and local diocesan bishops.

Around the time of Pentecost, a number of additional former Anglican clergy who have joined the English and Welsh Ordinariate will be ordained as priests, pending the approval of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

To read the whole story click here. Things are developing with a breath taking tempo!

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2 Responses to The Ordinariate is Coming, on This Saturday!

  1. Gertrude says:

    These are very high profile ‘conversions’, but let us not forget the former Anglican vicar’s who have converted recently, but outside the provision of the Ordinariate, and are having a pretty tough time in terms of alternative employment, housing and finance. Our prayers must be for them and their families, and if the opportunity arises, help them in any way we are able.


  2. Gertrude says:

    The St. Barnabas Society also helps, but I was thinking of the former anglicans outside the Ordinariate who, I am not sure, benefit from the funds available from the Bishop’s Conference’ Blondpidge speaks of this very movingly on her blog, as her family are finding things especially hard. particularly in obtaining employment.


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