Britain’s Ordinariate is in peril. Here is how to save it

Aug 25, 2016 by

by Damian Thompson, Catholic Herald: Hostility from the authorities, and apathy from its own clergy, have put the Ordinariate’s future in danger. But there could be a simple solution. The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is a canonical structure for ex-Anglican clergy and lay people who have been granted – by a mighty and irrevocable decree of Pope Benedict XVI – their own English Missal based partly on The Book of Common Prayer. The experiment has not been a runaway success, as...

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Why is the Catholic Church cannibalising the Book of Common Prayer?

Oct 18, 2014 by

By Christopher Howse, Telegraph: I’ve always felt sympathetic to foreigners on holiday in England who come across a church advertising Mass and displaying crucifixes and statues inside. When they discover later that they have been at a service of the Church of England, not of the Roman Catholic Church, they are puzzled and confused. So what would you think if you went into a church and heard the clergyman begin: “God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets...

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Francis Invites the Anglicans In

Jul 23, 2014 by

By David Mills, Patheos: Francis would like Anglicans to become Catholics. With English Anglicans having yet more reason to become Catholics, now that the Church of England has voted to create women bishops, the Ordinariate Benedict formed as a way into the Catholic Church has organized an “exploration day,” and the Holy Father has conveyed “his good wishes and prayers for a successful and inspiring event. The Holy Father cordially imparts his Apostolic Blessing upon all those persons who are...

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Prelate invites Anglicans to learn more about ordinariate

Jul 16, 2014 by

From Catholic Culture: Following the Church of England’s decision to allow women bishops, the head of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has invited those who are “considering their future” to learn more about the ordinariate. The Church of England’s decision makes “harder the position of those within the Church of England who still long for corporate unity with the Catholic and Orthodox Churches,” said Msgr. Keith Newton. “Pope Benedict XVl’s decision to set up the...

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Canada: Ordinariate ‘instrument’ of unity

Dec 20, 2013 by

by Deborah Gyapong, Canadian Catholic News   OTTAWA – Former Anglicans who convert to Catholicism must be a bridge to Christian unity and a force for true ecumenism, said the leader of North America’s Anglican ordinariate as four former Anglican priests were ordained to the Catholic priesthood. “If the Ordinariate is to be anything worthy and worth keeping for the long term, it must be an instrument of Christian unity,” said Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, head of the...

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Cranmer opens Ordinariate's liturgy

Oct 12, 2013 by

by James Roberts, The Tablet […]  The Ordinariate Use – drawn up, as Mgr Burnham said, in collaboration with the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Congregation for Divine Worship, and fully approved by Rome – represents, according to the introduction to the Mass – "a small but concrete step towards the healing of one of the most damaging wounds of history, the dividing of Christ's Body, the Church, here in England."...

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