Whispers in the Loggia: “One of this pontificate’s signal initiatives is finally set to launch”

14 01 2011

From Whispers in the Loggia:

Looking slightly further ahead, the weekend shows no signs of slowdown as one of this pontificate’s signal initiatives is finally set to launch with the establishment of a personal ordinariate for Tiber-swimming Anglican groups in England, signified by Saturday morning’s ordination of Canterbury’s three ex-“flying bishops” to the Catholic priesthood in a Westminster Cathedral Mass.

Expected to bear the name of Our Lady of Walsingham, with the English jurisdiction — its liturgical and governing forms largely to be imported from the Anglican patrimony — envisioned as the template for similar structures that’ll come to fruition in Canada, Australia and the US over the months ahead, an extensive guide to the historic set-up was released earlier this week by the nation’s bishops’ conference. While firm figures remain elusive, the English group is expected to comprise some 30 parish communities, joined by roughly 50 clerics, all of whom are slated be received into full communion (and, in the clergy’s case, ordained for Rome) by Pentecost. In the Stateside church, meanwhile, requests for integration from Anglican groups are said to already number in the hundreds.