Bishop Michael McMahon on the Ordinariate

11 03 2011

The Bishop of Nottingham, Bishop Michael McMahon OP, made the following comments on the Ordinariate in his Pastoral Letter for Lent 2011:

[T]his afternoon’s celebration in the Cathedral will be truly historic, because in addition to those who will be joining us as Catholics in our Diocese, we shall also welcome into our Catholic community groups of clergymen and parishioners from three Anglican parishes, who will join the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. They will be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church during the Holy Week and Easter ceremonies, and, God willing, the clergymen who have accompanied them on their journey into our Catholic family will be ordained to the priesthood after Easter. Our Holy Father Pope Benedict has asked us to welcome warmly our brothers and sisters from the Church of England who have asked to become Catholics; he sees the establishment of the Ordinariate as a prophetic gesture that can contribute to the ultimate goal of our relationships with non-Catholic Christians – full unity as one body, one spirit in Christ. I know that we will welcome all who wish to join us this Easter, whether into the Ordinariate or into our parishes, with open hearts.