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."
"We have found a way," Mgr Burnham said in his homily, "of joining together Cranmer's linguistic brilliance, and feel for translation, with the ancient Canon of the Mass, prayed everywhere in England from the time of St Augustine until the Reformation, that is, a thousand years."
At a press conference later, he was asked about the gender make-up of the congregation. Women at the Mass were outnumbered by men by around four to one.
He said he had noticed that congregations in C of E services these days were predominantly female, while Catholic congregations were pretty much evenly divided. He thought the preponderance of men at the Ordinariate service could possibly be explained by what he called the "feminisation" of the Church of England, but he hoped that in time numbers of women would equal those of men.