Friday, 15 June 2012

And the Ordinariate has a new Ordinary...newly ordained Fr Entwistle!

A big welcome to many new members of the Church, received in Perth tonight, and congratulations to the newly ordained 'Ordinary' for the Ordinariate, Fr Harry Entwistle!

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. 


Matthew M said...

Many Blessings to all 'Down Under'!

Antonia Romanesca said...

Ordinariate website on the Fritz??
Any clues as to why when potential members of the Ordinariate for Oz sign up, or at least attempt to, by putting their details in the "Join" section of - they wind up getting sent to, with "Page Not Found".?? This is how it was a year ago, also.
How many members might they have mustered in that year? The wheels of spiritual industry, turning but slowly?

Plus there is no contact email address or phone number, on the website. Honestly! What is going on there?

Father Ed Bakker said...

A comment in relation to Antonia's response. Give them a bit more time, I know the present situation in Melbourne and these things take time. I am a Priest in the Continiuum. I had actally designed not to go to Rome, but respect those, who do.
Father Ed Bakker OPR