Scottish Catholic Observer: First Anglican ordained in Scotland under ordinariate

15 07 2011

From the SCO website:

The first former Anglican clergyman in Scotland to be ordained to the Catholic priesthood under the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham will become a priest this Sunday.

Bishop Philip Tartaglia of Paisley will ordain Deacon Len Black (above) as a priest by at St Mary’s Church in Greenock on Sunday. The deacon—formerly the Espiscopal minister at St Mary and the Angels in Inverness before converting to Catholicism—was the regional dean of Forward in Faith, the leading group of traditionalist Anglicans.

Bishop Peter Moran of Aberdeen, who will shortly retire, ordained the former minister to the diaconate on Thursday, June 23, at Pluscarden Abbey near Elgin ahead of his ordinations as a Catholic priest.

The ordinariate was set up earlier this year by Pope Benedict XVI for groups of Anglican faithful and their clergy who wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.

When the first plans for the ordinariate were announced in March of last year last year Canon Black told the SCO he ‘warmly welcomed’ Pope Benedict XVI’s efforts ‘to respond to groups of Anglicans, including members of Forward in Faith, seeking to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of the distinctive Anglican spiritual and liturgical patrimony.’

Bishop Philip Tartaglia, who is the bishop-delegate in Scotland for matters to do with the establishment of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, said Sunday’s ordination was a significant step.

“I am delighted to be ordaining Rev Len Black to the priesthood,” Bishop Tartaglia said.