Fears that the new Ordinariate being established by the Holy See for Anglicans who wish to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church will undermine good ecumenical relations were dismissed on Sunday by the Archbishop of Birmingham.
“Some have expressed fears that an Ordinariate may undermine good ecumenical relations but I believe those fears to be ill-founded,” said the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, the newly appointed Chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales Department of Dialogue and Unity.
“During his visit Pope Benedict emphasised that his offer, in response to the petitions he had received: ‘Should be seen as a prophetic gesture that can contribute positively to the developing relations between Anglicans and Catholics.’
“The Holy Father is clearly encouraging the Catholic community to welcome and receive any groups who choose to follow this path in a way that respects and learns from the Anglican patrimony they will bring,” said the Archbishop.
“The Ordinariate is being formed so that the members of such groups may continue their Christian journey of faith in companionship with one another, under the spiritual and pastoral guidance of the priests who have served them within the Church of England, and at one with the Successor of Peter,” said Archbishop Longley.
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