Friday, 11 May 2012

Good news from the Ordinariate...

And on the good news much delayed front comes also the news that Mr John Hunwicke is to be ordained priest for the UK Ordinariate this year. 

The former Fr Hunwicke's ordination was 'deferred' last year, apparently over misunderstandings of his blog's content (not surprising perhaps, since he has long taken a traditionalist approach and been critical of some of the modernists in the English Church).

If you are not familiar with his work, do go and work through the archives of his blog - for real excellence in liturgical scholarship and inspiring spiritual insights it is hard to go past.  And let's hope he will soon be able to resume blogging!

In the meantime please keep him and the other ordinariate priestly candidates in your prayers.

Australian Ordinariate***

This morning I said "Oh and you might pray for some good news around the equally long-delayed and hoped for Australian Ordinariate while you are at it!"

Seems it was already happening (thanks Joshua for drawing my attention to it) - from the press release put out today:

"The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart, announced today that Pope Benedict XVI intends to announce the establishment in Australia of a Personal Ordinariate for Former Anglicans to commence on 15th June 2012.

A Personal Ordinariate is a church structure for particular groups of people who wish to enter into communion with the Catholic Church.

In 2009 Pope Benedict announced special arrangements to cater for groups of Anglicans who wished to join the Catholic Church. This provision allows them to maintain some of the traditions of prayer and worship of Anglicanism.

Personal Ordinariates have already been established in the United Kingdom (2011) and the United States of America (2012).

The Australian Bishops have already put in place procedures to enable clergy and lay church members to join the Catholic Church through the Ordinariate.

Archbishop Hart hopes that there will be a warm welcome to those wishing to enter the Catholic Church through the Ordinariate.

“I am confident that those former Anglicans who have made a journey in faith that has led them to the Catholic Church will find a ready welcome”, he said.

This new community will have the status of a diocese and will be known as the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross under the patronage of St Augustine of Canterbury.

SSPX - the looming split?
On a less happy note, see the letters illustrating the deep divide on reconciliation with Rome within the SSPX.  Rorate Caeli refuses to publish the leaked letters themselves, but has provided background attesting to their authenticity.


Joshua said...

The Ordinariate is to be established on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, 15th June 2012. (See the ACBC Press Release.)

R J Stove said...

It would seem that the publicising of intra-SSPX correspondence was done illicitly, if this communiqué from the SSPX-headquarters website DICI is any guide:

Really, if one may now write nothing without the certainty of it turning up on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc., etc., in defiance of one's own permission, then what is the point of writing anything? What, indeed, is the point of having a Catholic hierarchy, or, indeed, any other organisation which might need to keep internal memos a secret from under-occupied rubbernecks in the blogosphere?

It's perfectly obvious that whoever stole (the correct word) the relevant correspondence and revealed it to the public has either no sense of sin at all, or else a sense of sin so defective as to countenance theft under the guise of scooping. I, for one, hope that Bishop Fellay will come down like a ton of bricks upon the thief / thieves involved. And I hope he hasn't been misled into thinking what all too many lay traditionalists suppose: that while mindless television can legitimately be condemned, mindless Internet usage is some sort of Basic Human Right.