A roundup of more news, coverage and comment on the recent Receptions:
The (RC) Bishop of Fort Worth’s blog has this:
Please join me in welcoming with joy those Anglicans who seek reception into the Roman Catholic Church. Their presence amongst us will be a blessing in many ways. At the same time, please pray also for the ongoing ecumenical conversations and relationships between Anglicans and Catholics at all levels, that we may respond to the Lord’s call that “all be one”, and that we may grow ever closer in Christian love and service.
Click here to read the full post.
The Church Times has this:
Three former Anglican bishops who were received into the Roman Catholic Church on New Year’s Day will be ordained to the priesthood in the RC Church on 15 January. By then the new Ordinariate will be established.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales issued a statement on Tuesday saying that the former Bishop of Fulham, John Broadhurst; the former Bishop of Ebbsfleet, Andrew Burnham; and the former Bishop of Richborough, Keith Newton, would be ordained RC deacons on 13 January at Allen Hall Seminary Chapel, and ordained priests in Westminster Cathedral on 15 January.
A spokeswoman for the Catholic Communications Network said on Wednesday that the Ordinariate “will be set up between now and 15 January”.
Click here to read the story in full.
Romereports has this video:
The Catholic Herald has initiated this debate:
With three ex-Anglican bishops received into full communion at the start of the year, the ordinariate project is rapidly moving forward. But their ordination to the priesthood due to be held on January 15 has re-opened the debate about married priests. […] So is it fair that married former Anglicans are allowed to become Catholic priests?
Click here to read the post and subsequent comments in full.
Clergy in the Chelmsford Diocese have received an Ad Clerum from Bishop Stephen relating to the Ordinariate, which seems to me to be graciously robust. Key points:
– +Stephen is seeking ‘clarity and generosity’
– those entering the ordinariate are leaving the Church of England, therefore clergy need to formally resign
– parsonage houses will not be transferred
– “we will… move quickly to make new appointments” to the relevant parishes
– +Stephen is open to shared use of church buildings, but not on Sunday mornings as this will “not serve the need for clarity”
– those parishes that have been withholding their parish share have been acting dishonourably, and +Stephen asks for the withheld moneys to be paid back – “Without this it will be all the harder to have the generous conversations we hope for”.