Former Episcopalian priest and convert to Catholicism Taylor Marshall, who runs the Canterbury Tales blog, shares his thoughts on the appointment of Fr Keith Newton as first Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. H/t to the Anglican Patrimony blog.
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Father Keith Newton (age 58, being ordained a Catholic priest today – Jan 15, 2010) as the Ordinary for the new Anglican Ordinariate of the Catholic Church in Great Britain. Notably, Father Newton is married with children and a grandchild. This means that the Ordinary will be a priest and not a bishop, since the Holy Father has specifically said that married men will NOT be elevated to the episcopate (a very good thing in my opinion).
Of further interest is the stipulation that the Ordinary will also be allowed to pontificate and wear the mitre, etc. even though he is not a bishop.
Click here to read the rest of the post, and to listen to Taylor Marshall’s talk on the Ordinariate to the University of Dallas.