The new Roman Catholic Church body set up to house disaffected Anglicans would not become a ghetto within the Church, the priest appointed to lead the group said on Monday.
The ordinariate, or Church subdivision, would also seek to evangelise while maintaining good relations with Anglicans, the former Church of England bishop Keith Newton told reporters.
The ordinariate, announced by Pope Benedict in 2009, allows those Anglicans opposed to women bishops, gay clergy and same-sex blessings to convert to Rome while keeping many of their traditions.
Newton said there was a danger that people would think the ordinariate an ex-Anglican ghetto within the Catholic Church, but “we want to make clear it is not.”
“There are no second-class Catholics,” he added.
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