This morning I flagged that the Australian Ordinariate for former Anglicans would be established today, with the reception of the first group in Perth, and ordination to the priesthood of former Bishop Entwistle.
It is now official, as is the appointment of the 'Ordinary', who has the equivalent jurisdiction to a diocesan bishop.
The erection of the Ordinariate
The Australian Ordinariate is the third to be established by the Pope, following the UK and US.
It covers the same territory as the Australian Bishops' Conference (so not Japan!), and its principal church (though not necessarily the Seat of the Ordinariate) is the Church of St Ninian and St Chad, Marylands, Perth.
According to the press release:
Fr Entwistle has been serving as a Bishop in Western Australia since 2006, and is married to Jean. They have two adult children.
Fr Entwistle is honoured to have been chosen to lead the Ordinariate and explained that it is a wonderful privilege and step towards unity between the Churches.
“Pope Benedict has made it very clear that unity between Christians is not achieved by agreeing on the lowest common denominator, and those entering an Ordinariate accept the Catechism of the Catholic Church as the authoritative expression of the Catholic faith”, said Fr Entwistle.
“Membership is open to former Anglicans who accept what the Catholic Church believes and teaches; former Anglicans who have previously been reconciled to the Catholic Church but who now wish to reconnect with their Anglican spiritual heritage and those baptised in the Catholic Church who have close family members who belong to the Ordinariate.”
“As the Ordinariate is in organic unity with the Catholic Church, Western and Eastern Catholics are welcome to worship and receive communion in an Ordinariate mass and vice versa”, he said.
Fr Entwistle was born in England, in 1940, and was ordained to the (Anglican) priesthood in 1964. He emigrated to Australia in 1988. He joined the Traditional Anglican Communion in 2006, and was ordained a bishop for them in that year. He was received into the Catholic Church and ordained a deacon on 10 June.