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Canada: Ordinariate ‘instrument’ of unity

December 20th, 2013 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates Comments Off

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 Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter (POCSP).

In a Dec. 14 ceremony in Ottawa’s Notre Dame Cathedral, Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast ordained Bryan Kipling Cooper, Douglas Hayman, both of Ottawa, John Hodgins of Toronto and James Tilley of Oshawa, Ont., to serve as priests in the Ordinariate.

The POSCP, established Jan. 1, 2012, is based in Houston and encompasses the Ordinariate groups of the United States and Canada. It was the second of three Ordinariates created worldwide under Pope Benedict’s 2009 Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, which allowed Anglicans to become Catholic while preserving some elements of their tradition.

With these four ordinations, it now has 53 clergy, but Steenson expects that number to grow to 60 in 2014. Pope Francis has approved former Anglican clergy in Edmonton and Vancouver and Steenson expects they will be ordained by Easter. He also hopes to have a priest ordained in Atlantic Canada next year, to bring the number of former Anglican priests in the Canadian deanery to 15.

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Cranmer opens Ordinariate’s liturgy

October 12th, 2013 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates, Book Of Common Prayer Comments Off

Mgr Andrew Burnhamby 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.

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Ordinariate unveils Mass that draws on Cranmer

October 11th, 2013 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates Comments Off

From Catholic Herald

A new text for the Catholic Mass which integrates centuries old Anglican prayers into the Roman Rite was officially introduced in a London church on Thursday.

The new liturgy, known as the Ordinariate Use, has been devised for the personal ordinariates – the structures set up by Benedict XVI to allow Anglicans to enter into full communion with the Pope, while preserving elements of their distinctive Anglican liturgical and pastoral traditions.

The Mass, at the church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, was celebrated by the leader – or Ordinary – of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Monsignor Keith Newton. It was offered in honour of the patron of the Ordinariate, Blessed John Henry Newman, whose feast was on October 9.

It began with words from the Church of England’s Book of Common Prayer, first unveiled by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in 1549: “Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires are known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee and worthily magnify thy holy Name.”

Traditional elements of the Roman Rite, such as the Last Gospel and the preparatory Prayers at the Foot of the Altar, options within the Ordinariate Use, were also included.

The sermon was preached by Monsignor Andrew Burnham, Assistant to the Ordinary and a member of the special working party set up by Rome which devised the new Use.

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Sacred Mysteries: Mass, with words by Thomas Cranmer

September 30th, 2013 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates, Liturgy Comments Off

Christopher Howse is astonished to find the Protestant reformer's prayers adopted by Roman Catholics

Something extraordinary is happening in English churches. Imagine you arrived at an unfamiliar church just as the service was starting and you heard: “Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid…” Right, you’d think, CofE, Book of Common Prayer.

But this is the beginning of a Catholic Mass, a Roman Catholic Mass. It is a liturgy approved by the Pope, and it takes lumps of the Holy Communion service from the 1662 Prayer Book. I find the general effect pleasing but distinctly unsettling.

Two questions arise, depending on the direction from which one is coming. A member of the Church of England might wonder why Catholics should want to use the Book of Common Prayer compiled by Archbishop Cranmer (pictured here in 1546). A Catholic might ask: but is it the Mass?

The Catholics who already use it were once Anglicans and, since the beginning of 2011, have joined the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. About 80 have been ordained priests, and there are more than 1,000 lay people. Not many.

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Read also:  Ordinariate Mass – look carefully and you can see Lutheran and Calvinist influences by Fr Gregory Palamas, The Tablet

The official introduction to the new liturgy is as follows:

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New rules allow some baptized Catholics to join Anglican ordinariates

July 13th, 2013 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates, Pope Francis Comments Off

From Catholic Culture

Baptized Catholics who have not yet received Confirmation and First Communion may become members of an Anglican ordinariate under new norms approved by Pope Francis on May 31.

The Anglican ordinariates were established by Pope Benedict XVI to welcome former Anglicans into the Catholic Church. Under their original norms, the ordinariates were not open to baptized Catholics (except those who were members of a family that included former Anglicans). But in complementary norms, Pope Francis expanded the eligibility to include "a person who has been baptized in the Catholic Church but who has not completed the Sacraments of Initiation."

The Vatican cautioned that the new rule does not open membership to Catholics who prefer the Anglican ordinariates "for purely subjective motives or personal preference." Catholics who have completed the Sacraments of Initiation– Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion– remain ineligible.

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Pope Francis embraces the Ordinariate – and increases its power to evangelise

July 10th, 2013 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates, Pope Francis Comments Off

By Damian Thompson, Telegraph

Opponents of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, set up by Benedict XVI to allow ex-Anglicans to worship together with their own liturgy, were so excited when it was reported that Pope Francis, when Archbishop of Buenos Aires, wasn't keen on the initiative. But if that were ever the case, then he has changed his mind.
 
This week it emerged that Francis has widened the remit of the Ordinariates in Britain, America and Australia. Until now, only ex-Anglicans and their family members could join the new body. But, thanks to a new paragraph inserted into the Ordinariate's constitution by Francis, nominal Catholics who were baptised but not confirmed can join the structure. Indeed, the Holy Father wants the Ordinariates to go out and evangelise such people. Put bluntly, this suggests that English bishops who wanted to squash the body – and whose allies were rushing to get to the new Pope in order to brief against it – have been thwarted.
 
Here's the fine print, from the Ordinariate's website:
 
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Could church planting networks be Reform’s Ordinariate?

January 12th, 2013 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates, Women Bishops Comments Off

By Julian Mann

The Anglo-Catholics have a home to go to in the Ordinariate once women bishops are appointed in the Church of England. But what about conservative evangelicals in Reform?

Once a single clause women bishops' measure is enacted, as seems almost certain after the next General Synod elections, will we as a constituency knuckle under and accept the unbiblical innovation or will we be moved to take radical action?

The reality is that for us women bishops are not an isolated departure from biblical truth in the Church of England. The allowance of clergy and now bishops in civil partnerships is a concern on top of the heretical teachings the institutional Church has been tolerating and indeed promoting for decades.

If the Church of England becomes like TEC, large evangelical flagships could leave the institutional structures and carry on proclaiming the Lord Jesus Christ in their local communities as confessing Anglican churches. Yes, it would involve leaving their buildings, which is a messy and tiresome business. But there are recent precedents for this. St George's Tron in Glasgow – now The Tron Church out of the Church of Scotland – did it before Christmas. Orthodox Anglican congregations in the United States and Canada have been doing it for several years now. A whole diocese is doing it in South Carolina. It's do-able for the large and well-resourced churches.

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The Soho Masses are now to be discontinued; and the ordinariate has its ‘cathedral’; all we need now is to clarify Catholic teaching on civil unions

January 7th, 2013 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates, Church of England, Civil Partnerships Comments Off

Archbishop Vincent NicholsBy William Oddie, Catholic Herald

The Church of England accepts them: but the CDF has made it clear that we do not. But things seem a little ambiguous here. How come?

[...]  That leaves one issue still to be dealt with, which Rome is unlikely to allow to go by default: Archbishop Nichols’s alleged continuing support for civil partnerships (despite the clear condemnation of them by the CDF), a topic which brings us to another interesting recent story, the latest chapter in the continuing story of Anglican disarray: the Church of England has now dropped its prohibition of gay clergy in civil partnerships becoming bishops. The announcement, from the Church’s House of Bishops, would allow gay clergy to become bishops if they promise to be celibate.
 
This has pleased nobody, it seems: gay clergy say they don’t want to be celibate, and Conservative evangelicals say they will fight the whole thing in the general synod and elsewhere; some say they would physically prevent any gay bishop from even entering their churches.
 
My readers may remember that I have already argued, in the case of Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Alban’s (to whose personal integrity I can personally attest) that since he had declared his commitment to celibacy, there could be no objection, even though he has declared himself to be homosexual by inclination, to his appointment to the Anglican episcopate, since the C of E officially supports same-sex civil unions, and that the evangelical objections to the ordination of all those attracted to the same sex, whether celibate or not, were theologically illiterate. So you would expect me to support this latest decision (as far as I can support anything done by the C of E) as being at least consistent with its own assumptions about life, the universe and everything.
 
But I’m not sure, on reflection, that that necessarily follows (or, indeed, that my defence of Dr John was entirely sound). It looks dangerously like saying that civil partnerships are all right for other people but not for Catholics. But that’s not what the Church says.
 
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Archbishop Nichols ends ‘Soho Masses’ after six years

January 2nd, 2013 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates, News Comments Off

Abp Vincent NicholsBy Luke Coppen, Catholic Herald

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has announced that Masses in Soho organised for gay people are to end.

He also revealed that the church where the Masses took place will be given to the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

The fortnightly “Soho Masses” at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Warwick Street were established by the diocese almost six years ago. They were intended to be “particularly welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Catholics, their parents, friends and families”.

Archbishop Nichols said today that, while the Masses will stop, pastoral care of the community will continue at the Jesuit Farm Street church in Mayfair on Sunday evenings.

He also announced that Our Lady of the Assumption church will be given to the ordinariate in Lent. The archbishop said: “I hope that the use of this beautiful church, in which the young John Henry Newman first attended Mass, will enable Catholics in the ordinariate to prosper and to offer to others the particular gifts of the ordinariate.”

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Leading Church historian to be received into personal ordinariate

October 5th, 2012 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates Comments Off

By Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

Dr Edward Norman, the historian and former Canon Chancellor of York Minister, will be received into the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham on Sunday.

In an article for this newspaper, Dr Norman explains the reasons for his decision to become a Catholic.

He argues that Anglicanism has “no basis for its authority”?as its confession “varies from place to place and person to person”. He says:?“At the centre of?Anglicanism is a great void.”

He adds: “The Church of England provides a masterclass in equivocation; it also, however, is the residence of very many good and faithful Christian people who deserve respect – for their perseverance in so many incoherent spiritual adventures.

“To leave their company is a wrench; to adhere to the Catholic faith is to join the encompassing presence of a universal body of believers in whose guardianship are the materials of authentic spiritual understanding… I have immense gratitude.”

According to a spokesman for the ordinariate, the former Reith lecturer will be received into the ordinariate on Sunday following a “profound intellectual and spiritual journey nurtured and enabled by the Anglican tradition”.

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Ordinariate returns £1m grant to charity after ruling

June 28th, 2012 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates Comments Off

By Mark Greaves, Catholic Herald

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has returned a £1 million grant to an Anglo-Catholic charity after the Charity Commission ruled that it was invalid.
 
The Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, founded in 1862, gave the money a year ago to ensure that the ordinariate’s priests would not be left penniless. It represented almost half of the charity’s assets.
 
The Charity Commission, however, said the grant was invalid because most of the trustees who agreed to it had a “personal financial interest” in it. Five out of six of its trustees had already been ordained as priests in the ordinariate.
 
The commission also ruled that there was “substantial doubt” over whether use of the money would be consistent with the charity’s objects – ”the advancement of the Catholic faith in the Anglican tradition”.
 
The ruling contradicts the advice lawyers gave to the charity before it approved the grant.
 
The Charity Commission concluded: “We have been informed that the grant has been returned in full (with interest) by the ordinariate of its own volition.”
 
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Pope to create Australian ordinariate for Anglicans

May 12th, 2012 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates Comments Off

From CNA

Pope Benedict XVI will continue the expansion of the new Catholic Church structure created for former Anglicans by launching an ordinariate for Australia on June 15.

“I am confident that those former Anglicans who have made a journey in faith that has led them to the Catholic Church will find a ready welcome,” said Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, who serves as president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

Australia’s Anglican ordinariate will be called the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, under the patronage of St. Augustine of Canterbury. It will have the status of a diocese.

The ordinariate is intended for Anglicans and former Anglicans who wish to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while retaining some of their customs and liturgical traditions.

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The Church of England faithful left to fend for themselves

April 20th, 2012 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates Comments Off

By Sarah Rainey, Telegraph

St Michael’s and All Angels is one of many Anglican churches decimated by a large-scale conversion to Catholicism. How is it coping?

[...]  Holidays aside, St Michael’s lost many parishioners to the Ordinariate, including a church warden, two deputies and the parish administrator. They decided to convert after the Rev Minchew announced his departure last November, without – Mr Thompson insists – discussing it with other church members. “He asked everyone to come to our main mass at 11am on Advent Sunday, when he announced it from the pulpit. I think one or two saw it coming, but others were surprised.”

Since their vicar left, the parishioners have strived to make church life as normal as possible. Visiting clergy, including a retired vicar from Lewisham, have led Sunday mass, while members of the congregation have filled vacant roles on the parish council. “The two aims were to maintain the services and keep the church open during the day, both of which we’ve done,” says Mr Thompson. “It’s miraculous what you can achieve when everybody comes together.”

The move from St Michael’s to the Ordinariate was the largest from a single church so far, but not unusual. Despite condemnation from Anglican opponents – Dr Giles Fraser, former canon chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, described it as “predatory”– the Ordinariate has proven effective. Statistics released by the Catholic Church in February show a membership of around 1,200, including a “second wave” of 250 conversions at Easter, the traditional time for entering the faith.

In Britain, Ordinariate groups exist in just over half the 22 dioceses in England and Wales, and the practice has garnered support in the United States, Canada and Australia. Up to 70 former members of the Anglican clergy have been – or are waiting to be – ordained into the faith. Some Church of England sceptics worry that when the General Synod debates the issue of consecrating female bishops in July, a vote in favour may encourage further moves to the Catholic faith.

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Breakaway Anglican groups join Catholic Church

April 18th, 2012 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates Comments Off

By Sheila Dabu Nonato, Canada.com

Pockets of breakaway Anglican groups in Canada, including their married priests, are joining the Roman Catholic Church in ceremonies across the country.
 
Conservative Anglicans say their beliefs are more in line with Rome than with increasingly liberal teachings of some of their own bishops regarding hot-button issues, such as female priests and same-sex marriage.
 
Deborah Gyapong, an Ottawa-based freelance journalist who reports for Catholic and evangelical newspapers, was one of about 40 Anglicans recently welcomed at a rite of reception in Ottawa on Sunday, part of several Anglican parishes across the country that will be entering into "full communion" with the Catholic Church.
 
There will be about 100 new members in Canada. They will become part of the Canadian Deanery of St. John the Baptist of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter under Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, a former Anglican bishop who is a married Catholic priest based in Houston.
 
Meanwhile, dozens of Anglicans will join from parishes in Oshawa, Ont., Kingston, Ont., Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver and the Tynendinaga Mohawk Territory in southeastern Ontario, in the coming weeks. Groups recently have joined from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., Calgary and former Anglicans in Toronto.
 
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Women bishops, ‘pick and mix’ religion and why I took my flock to a Catholic church down the road

April 17th, 2012 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates, Church of England, News, Women Bishops Comments Off

By Jane Fryer, Mailonline

The Reverend Donald Minchew does not look like a man caught in the eye of a religious, political and spiritual storm.

He is pink, smiley, 63, very chatty and smells comfortingly of tobacco. He is also a widower who enjoys watching the TV sitcom Rev, lives with his four grown-up sons ('they somehow never left home') and takes his turn to cook dinner. On his desk is a copy of Private Eye, a chocolate bunny and a flowery Easter card.

But he hit the headlines last week for defecting from his Church of England parish (of nearly two decades) to the Catholic Church just up the road — and publicly declaring that he felt like the Prodigal Son returning home.

He criticised the 'pap and banality' promoted by the Church of England, described it as 'a bit like a buffet, where you can pick and choose which commandments and doctrines you follow' and complained it was telling people like himself — believers in traditional values who didn't agree with the ordination of women and countless other innovations — to 'sod off'.

His sudden move, 36 years after he was ordained into the C of E and just 18 months before he was due to start drawing his £11,500-a-year pension, was dramatic enough. 

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Parishioners join vicar in protest conversion

April 12th, 2012 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates Comments Off

From The Telegraph

Almost half a congregation has followed a vicar converting to Catholicism, after claiming that the Church of England does not know what it “believes” in any more.

The Rev Donald Minchew left his Anglican church of nearly two decades to join a Catholic church just up the road in Croydon, south London.
 
The 63-year-old quit six weeks ago because he disagreed with decisions being made by the Church of England, including the ordination of female priests and bishops.
 
But after he resigned from St Michael's and All Angels parish following 16 and-a-half-years, 70 of his flock decided to join him in an extraordinary leap of faith.
 
The vicar together with almost half of his previous congregation as well as three new members, were received into the full communion at St Mary's Church earlier this month.
 
Former Anglican bishop Monsignor John Broadhurst received and confirmed the group, who will now form the Croydon Ordinariate.
 
"These people are very brave because they have answered the call of God and the indignation of Pope Benedict and done it at a great cost," said the Rev Minchew

"I think the reason they came across during the Ordinariate is because they don't quibble over things like the clergy, but I think there is a great comfort in the Catholic church, you know what you believe and what the church teaches.

"In the Church of England you don't know what the church believes from one synod to the next. What we would have taken for granted for 30 years you can't now, but in the Catholic church it's not changing you know what you are getting into."

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Over 3,500 adults received into the Catholic Church in England and Wales

April 11th, 2012 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates, Roman Catholicism Comments Off

By David V Barrett, Catholic Herald

More than 3,500 adults were received into the Catholic Church in England and Wales last week.

They included 1,397 catechumens, who had prepared to be baptised, and 1,843 candidates, who had already baptised in another Christian tradition.

The largest numbers were in the dioceses of Westminster (734), Southwark (481), Brentwood (333), Birmingham (255) and Portsmouth (206). The total of 3,695 also included those who had joined the ordinariate. Easter is the traditional time for reception of new members of the Church through the Rite of the Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), the liturgical and catechetical process for adults joining the Church.

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More Anglicans leave Church of England for Rome

April 1st, 2012 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates Comments Off

By Edward Malnick, Telegraph

A parish church has been torn apart by its priest’s decision to defect to the Roman Catholic Church.

On Wednesday, the 26-strong choir of St James the Great will sing for the congregation as they have always done during Holy Week.
 
But this week they will do so a mile down the road in St Anne’s Roman Catholic church, their new home.
 
Led by Fr Ian Grieves, the priest at St James in Darlington for 23 years, 58 parishioners will formally join the Ordinariate, the body set up by the Pope for disaffected Anglicans.
 
They are not alone: this week across England, 200 Anglican worshippers and 20 clergy will cross over to Rome.
 
Many are frustrated by the Church of England’s move to appoint women bishops. 

The majority of Anglicans defecting are concerned they will not be “protected” from the introduction of women bishops through special measures — such as occurred during the 1990s with the introduction of “flying bishops” to provide leadership to parishes that could not accept the Church’s decision to ordain women priests.

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Archbishop of Canterbury in fresh push to stop Anglicans from converting

March 12th, 2012 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates, Archbishop Of Canterbury, Pope Benedict, Roman Catholicism Comments Off

By John Bingham, Telegraph

The Archbishop of Canterbury signalled a fresh push to dissuade traditionalist Anglicans from defecting to the Roman Catholic Church as he joined the Pope in stressing moves to bring the two churches together.

Rowan Williams used a joint prayer service in Rome to call for a renewed drive to “restore full sacramental communion” between the Anglican and Catholic churches.
 
Dr Williams and Pope Benedict XVI prayed and lit candles together at the Chapel of St Gregory the Great, in a service highlighting 1,400 years of links between the church in England and Rome.
 
Pope Benedict welcomed Dr Williams as “my dear brother in Christ” and referred to members of the two churches as “the faithful – both Catholic and Anglican”.

The two leaders took part in vespers at the monastery of San Gregorio Magno al Celio which has developed strong links with the Anglican Church in recent decades through its community of Camaldolese monks.
 
During the service one of the hymns was Love Divine, by Charles Wesley, the English hymn writer.

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Roadblocks appearing for the Ordinariate

February 10th, 2012 Jill Posted in Anglican Ordinariates Comments Off

By George Conger, CEN

Former Anglicans who entered the Roman Catholic Church before Pope Benedict XVI created the Anglican Ordinariate may join the new structure, a Catholic bishop has confirmed. However, concerns that roadblocks are being thrown up by the Catholic hierarchy may dampen enthusiasm for the pope’s outreach to Anglo-Catholics.
 
Writing in the January 2012 issue of The Newman, the magazine of the Newman Assocation in the U.K., Bishop Alan Hopes said that all former Anglicans are eligible to enter the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in England and Wales and the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter in America.
 
Bishop Hope, who serves as the episcopal delegate to the English ordinariate stated: “The personal ordinariate is for former Anglicans – but Anglicans who converted some years ago can, if they so wish, say that they would like to become members of the ordinariate. There is that dual possibility.”
 
However, the final “decision-making body” is the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he noted adding that there remained “points” in Anglicanorum coetibus that have yet to be “fleshed out.”
 
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