Whispers in the Loggia: The Ordinariate’s “supreme law”

18 01 2011

From Whispers in the Loggia:

Two days after his ordination to the Catholic priesthood — and, with it, his papal appointment as head of the groundbreaking Personal Ordinariate for former Anglicans in England and Wales — Fr Keith Newton (left) held a press briefing yesterday on the new structure, whose 14-month trajectory from Vatican plan to ecclesial reality remains fairly breathtaking by Roman standards.

Reflecting both his prior life as an Anglican bishop and his new status as the leader of an entity with the juridical status of a diocese (including financial votes in the episcopal conference), in keeping with the special provision of Anglicanorum coetibus for prelates-become-priests, the new cleric donned a pectoral cross and — in another first-of-its-kind moment (at least, this side of Canterbury… not to mention Milingo) — an episcopal ring on his right hand alongside the wedding ring on his left.

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