With Archbishops like these, who needs enemies? The "Continuing" sectarians claim that those of us who go over to Rome have no right to call ourselves "Anglicans" and now the Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, says that we won't be "proper Catholics" either! The Archbishop made the following remarks to BBC Northern Ireland presenter William Crawley.
Archbishop Sentamu: "If people genuinely realise that they want to be Roman Catholic, they should convert properly, and go through catechesis and be made proper Catholics. This kind of creation [the Apostolic Constitution] — well, all I can say is, we wish them every blessing and may the Lord encourage them. But as far as I am concerned, if I was really, genuinely wanting to convert, I wouldn't go into an Ordinariate. I would actually go into catechesis and become a truly converted Roman Catholic and be accepted."
William Crawley: "So those Anglicans who take advantage of the Apostolic Constitution, you're saying, would not be 'proper Catholics'?"
Archbishop Sentamu: "Well, I mean, I'd be very surprised –"
William Crawley: "What would they be if they are not 'proper Catholics'?"
Archbishop Sentamu: "They would be what they are: an Ordinariate of the Vatican."
William Crawley: "Anglican Émigrés?"
Archbishop Sentamu: "(Laughter) Well, if I was a Roman Catholic bishop and I had this group within my diocese being looked after by an Ordinariate whose reference was back to the Vatican, I'd have to ask a number of questions."
As to the method of "conversion," Dr. Sentamu is welcome to his opinion, I suppose. Any Anglican desirous of becoming Roman Catholic may go to the nearest Catholic Church, demean himself (Ed. Please see comments #5 and #20 below) by participating in RCIA (which is properly for non-baptized persons even though Christians — including Anglicans — are routinely subjected to it), and be assimilated into the mainstream Novus Ordo culture; he may cease to be Anglican. Thankfully, the Holy Father has recognized the beauty that subsists in the Anglican tradition, and he has provided a means for us to remain truly Anglican whilst being in full communion with the Holy See. The Vicar of Christ desires us to be Anglicans and Catholics. And despite Dr. Sentamu's provocative statements to the contrary, Anglican Catholics of the personal ordinariates, in union with the Successor of St. Peter and sharing a common faith with the rest of the Church, will be every bit as Catholic as the Pope himself — and for the Archbishop of York to suggest otherwise is truly offensive. Indeed, protected in their faithful Anglican enclaves under the patronage of the Holy Father himself, I suspect that those same Anglican Catholics will stand a good chance of being more genuinely Catholic than many of their brethren who are subject to the corrupting, demoralizing influences of faithless, modernist bishops and priests in the regular dioceses!
The Anglo-Catholic calls upon Dr. Sentamu to apologize for these insensitive, ignorant, and grossly erroneous remarks immediately!
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