The Scotsman: ‘Religious history has been made’

22 07 2011
Religious history has been made with the first ordination of a former Anglican clergyman in Scotland into the Catholic priesthood.

Father Len Black, 61 and a grandfather of two, was ordained into the priesthood this weekend, at a ceremony at St Mary’s Church in Greenock performed by Bishop Philip Tartaglia of Paisley.
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Catholic Herald: ‘The Church always needs new blood’

18 07 2011

Charles Moore speaks to the Catholic Herald about the new Friends of the Ordinariate.

In 1998, four years after he was received into the Catholic Church, Charles Moore had an audience with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. He gave the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith a copy of an article he had written describing his journey from Anglicanism to Catholicism.

“Rather than just putting it in his pocket and throwing it away he read it on the spot,” he recalls. “It felt like having a tutorial. I mean, he didn’t cross-question me but I was rather embarrassed that this great mind was poring over my words.”

Few Anglican converts, of course, are lucky enough to receive a personal welcome from a future pope. For many, leaving a familiar world of altar rails and embroidered kneelers involves considerable upheaval. That is why Moore has agreed to become a patron of the Friends of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, launched this week to support ordinariate members.

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ABC Sunday Nights: Bishop Peter Elliott interviewed on Australian Ordinariate

6 06 2011

In February, Bishop Peter Elliott and the TAC Primate, the Most Revd John Hepworth, were interviewed on ABC Sunday Nights. We missed it then and are grateful to a reader for pointing this out to us. Please click here to listen.

Ruth Gledhill interviews Mgr Keith Newton (Video)

5 06 2011

Ruth Gledhill interviewed on Ordinariate: ‘actual unity taking place’

25 05 2011

Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent of The Times, is interviewed by John Cleary on ABC Local ‘Sunday Nights’:

JC: The other interreligious, or inter-communal, issue which is raising a few eyebrows – if not hackles or necks – is the whole issue of the Anglican Ordinariate within the Catholic Church, and the way this is unfolding. To what extent in Britain are there sings of mass movements of clergy from the Anglican tradition to the Catholic tradition?

RG: Well it’s pretty significant. There are about to be ordained in a couple of weeks, 54 former Anglican clergy (ordained priest – most of them have already been deaconed) and they’re being ordained at Pentecost and that’s really when the Ordinariate does properly exist as an entity.

The new liturgy that’s been prepared – it was hoped that it would be published in time for the priestly ordinations but it is in fact not going to be ready or published for a few weeks yet although it is now finished, I understand.

But about 900 laity have gone as well. The reason that these 61 clergy, I think,  entered Allen Hall on a part-time basis for training (and of those I would say it looks like half a dozen or so have dropped out or had their ordinations delayed for one reason or another). Critics have dismissed this as insignificant and a tiny number, but I don’t think that – in an era when there is a shortage of priests, especially in the Catholic Church – I don’t think that 54 Church of England clergy, well-trained clergy from the Catholic tradition going into the Catholic Church can be said to be insignificant – going in as priests: I think that’s pretty significant. I think it’s going to be big help to the Catholic Church here which has a shortage of priests in many dioceses. Already arrangements are being put in place for these clergy to administer not just to their own Ordinariate Groups who will meet as separate congregations, but to other Catholic parishes and groups in need of priests, in need of Mass on a regular basis.

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Joan Lewis (EWTN): Interview with Cardinal Donald Wuerl on the Ordinariate

24 05 2011

Joan Lewis of EWTN interviewed the Archbishop of Washington and Episcopal Delegate to the USCCB for the implementation of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, about the development and establishment of a Personal Ordinariate in the United States. The audio of the interview can be found here. A transcript of the interview is found below:

JL: Today I continue my conversation with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, who was in Rome in May for the ceremony in which he took possession of his titular church of St Peter’s in Chains. We talked about the possibility of an Ordinariate in the United States, the new seminary in D.C., and the joys and challenges of being a Cardinal and Archbishop of a major diocese.

I’d love right now to turn to another subject that actually is dear to both of us – the Ordinariate. That’s the new structure in the Church for welcoming numbers of Anglicans – faithful bishops, priests – into the Catholic Church. We’re not talking a single layperson who wanted to become Catholic – they would go through the normal procedure. But so many people have been asking for years – certainly in the UK – to be welcomed into the Church because they felt that the Anglican Communion was moving pretty far away from its’ Christian and, really, Catholic origins: we won’t go through the history of Henry VIII or everything, but…

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Archbishop Nichols and Mgr Newton on Patrimony

14 05 2011

Ruth Gledhill of the Times (London), asked the following questions of the Archbishop of Westminster and the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, during the Press Conference following the Spring Plenary Session of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales:

Ruth Gledhill: Archbishop, can I ask you – as the ordinations draw closer – what special gifts the Ordinariate will bring the Catholic Church?

+VN: I think what we’ve seen already is that the communities of people who  have come into the Catholic Church and have been preparing for their full reception during Lent, and are now continuing that process bring, I think more than anything in my mind, a sharper sense of mission to the local community.

There is one group I’m aware of who, within an hour, said of the church where they were meeting, ‘What happens here during the week? We think we could do all sorts of things in this building, in relationship to the local community once we get going’. So I think there is that particular sense of enthusiasm for mission that I think we will benefit from greatly.

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Mgr Keith Newton comments on Plenary Session of CBCEW

13 05 2011

Monsignor Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, speaks about his first Plenary Session of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales, of which he is a full member. He is introduced by the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Revd Vincent Nichols:

+VN: Next I’d like to ask Mgr Keith, if he would put his own contribution in. We’ve welcomed him very warmly as the Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, so for Keith too this was a new step.

KN: Thank you, Father. Well this was my first visit to the Plenary Session of the Bishops’ Conference, so it was something of a baptism for me, particularly as I had to report on the Ordinariate, and I was the first item on the agenda – which I thought was a bit rich, but there we are!

I had an opportunity to tell the Conference what’s been happening about the Ordinariate – how it’s been developing – to remind them of some of the challenges that are in front of us and some of the things that have been achieved. And we had a good discussion – for about 40 minutes, I think – about the Ordinariate.

I certainly felt very welcome and at home at the Conference – I enjoyed being there. Like all conferences, there are fascinating bits, and there are some that are slightly more tedious – but that’s the way conferences are. So I was very glad to be there and felt, very much, part of the family. I’m very grateful to the bishops, most of whom I’d met before, though one or two I’d not – but I was able to get to know them better, and so the next time I go I’ll feel even more at home.

+VN: Thank you very much, Keith.

Fr Edwin Barnes: Why I became Catholic

29 04 2011

Fr Edwin Barnes writes at the National Catholic Register:

I had always believed that is what I was — a Catholic, albeit an Anglican one. We said the creeds and expressed our belief in the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.” We were taught that is just what the Church of England was; part of that Catholic Church, separated from a great part of Christendom at the Reformation, but with good reason. We had avoided the excesses and errors of other churches; we were a pure church, one which had “washed its face.”

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Holy Week Receptions: Interview with Mgr Newton on BBC Radio Essex

28 04 2011

The Ordinary, Monsignor Keith Newton, was interviewed by BBC Radio Essex on Maundy Thursday. The interview can be heard here, it begins at around 1hr 8mins. Thanks to Jeff Woolnough.

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