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Anglican Ordinariates meet, encouraged by Cardinal Müller

Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith spoke with the three leaders of the Anglican Ordinariates in February in Rome. The Ordinariates were established by Pope Benedict with the motu proprio of Anglicanorum coetibus for those Anglicans who want to be in full communion with the Church and retain some of their liturgical patrimony. These jurisdictions are similar to dioceses though the leaders are not bishops. The presence of the Ordinariates is controversial in some quarters and therefore they come under greater suspicion and scrutiny but the mercy of the Church ought to be recalled. The Ordinariates, in my opinion, are a clear gesture of the Good Shepherd for communion, that is, ecclesial unity. The Ordinaries were in Rome for the Consistory.

The heads of the three Ordinariates, in case you want to follow their work: Msgr Keith Newton of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the UK, Msgr Jeffrey Steenson, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter in the United States and Msgr Harry Entwistle, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia.

In the US we have The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter.

His Eminence also said, “I want you to know that I have spoken to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, about the ordinariates and the particular gift they are to the Church. The Holy Father is following the development of the ordinariates with great interest.” It may be said that he Holy Father was not at first too understanding of creating the Ordinariates when he was still in Argentina.

Cardinal Müller said: “Anglicans will be interested in how well you are able to make a home in the Catholic Church that is more than just assimilation, while Catholics will want to know that you are here to stay, strengthening our ecclesial cohesion rather than setting yourselves apart as another divisive grouping within the Church…It is your delicate, but all-important task both to preserve the integrity and distinctiveness of your parish communities and, at the same time, help your people integrate into the larger Catholic community.”

The Cardinal noted that it is crucial the Ordinariates keep in mind the importance of the sacred liturgy as the expression of communion. There is no other way to be Catholic. “By ensuring that the sacred liturgy is celebrated worthily and well, you further the communion of the Church by drawing people into the worship of God who is communio.” “In this sense, the celebration according to the approved Divine Worship [or Ordinariate Use] texts is both essential to the formation of the identity of the ordinariate as well as being a tool for evangelization.” Hence, he echoes the timeless teaching that the sacred Liturgy is the privileged place to meet Jesus Christ.

More information is here.

Being a Catholic Priest–and Married, salient reflections….

A dear friend of mine, Father Richard Cipolla published an article today in the Wall Street Journal on what it means for a faithful Christian to belong to Christ faithfully, moving from an Episcopal Church to full communion with the Catholic Church and being a married Catholic priest. The life of sacrifice and joy is clear in Cipolla’s story. For me, it is a testament of grace to know Father Richard and his wife, Cathy, and to have met his children. Wouldn’t be good if all the clergy could say that with conviction and love. Last week Father Richard celebrated his anniversary of ordination to the Catholic priesthood on January 28 in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Let us pray for him and Holy Mother Church.

The WSJ article follows:

Being a Catholic Priest–and Married

The pope has created a new diocese for bringing Episcopalians into the church.

By Richard Cipolla

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Last month, Pope Benedict announced the formation of an American “ordinariate,” or special diocese for Episcopal congregations that want to move to Roman Catholicism (driven largely by Episcopalianism’s liberal drift). These congregations, the pope ruled, could keep some of their Anglican liturgy. More significantly, a small but sizable number of married Episcopal priests will now become married Catholic priests.

As a married Catholic priest ordained in 1984 under a special provision set forth by Pope John Paul II (for individual priests, judged on an individual basis), I have closely followed Pope Benedict’s announcement. I rejoice in this catholic and generous gesture by the pope and am overjoyed that these priests and their families will be welcomed into the Catholic Church. But that is not to say it won’t bring its own share of challenges.

My experience as a married Catholic priest for 28 years brings to mind several thoughts, both practical and spiritual. First, the church must support new priests’ families financially. During my first years as a married Catholic priest, there were times when we could not pay the heating bill. When I was ordained, it was made quite clear to me that I should not look to the church as my main source of income but rather to a full-time job outside of the church. My parish duties have thus always been secondary.

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Cardinal Wuerl’s report on the Implementation of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus


on the Implementation of the Apostolic
Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus
November 15, 2011
His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl
Archbishop of

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Thank you Archbishop Dolan.  With me for this presentation are
Bishop Robert McManus and Bishop Kevin Vann, the other members of the
Conference’s ad hoc Committee on the Implementation of Anglicanorum coetibus.

us, as well, are Father Jeffrey Steenson and Father Scott Hurd, who have worked
with the committee.

At our June General Assembly meeting in Seattle, I provided
a brief report and update on the progress being made in the implementation of
the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus. At that time, I asked
for and received a show of support for the material I presented by way of a
consultation with the bishops.
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Anglican Ordinariate For U.S, To Be Established January 1; Bishop Kevin Vann, Delegate

Kevin W. Vann.jpgAt the general assembly of the US Bishops today, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, DC, announced the Vatican appointment of Bishop Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Fort Worth Texas, to be the Ecclesiastical Delegate for the Pastoral Provision (in effect since 1981). Vann succeeds Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark. Vann will oversee the  the formation and admittance of former Anglican clergy to the Roman Church. He will work closely with Cardinal Wuerl who has oversight of the temporary church structure of the Anglican Ordinariate in the USA.

Bishop Vann writes about the work on his blog.

January 1, 2012 is the date slated for the establishment of the new American, Personal Ordinariate for former Anglican Clergy and people coming into full communion with the Rome Church. The official name of the Ordinariate has not been announced.

You may be interested in “Anglicanorum Coetibus: Questions and Answers.” It is quite helpful in terms of defining meaning, significance and timeline of events.
I’ve known Bishop Vann for some time and he’s an excellent choice for the good shepherd who will help the former Anglican clergy.

Fr Keith Newton introduced as new head of Ordinariate

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Saturday, January 15th not only saw the ordination of three former Anglican bishops as Roman Catholic Priests, but also one of them, Father Keith Newton, was appointed by the Holy See as the first Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Father Keith Newton’s press conference is heard here.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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