To Foster by Every Means

Forward in Faith Australia has just published the following statement regarding the special general meeting held this past Saturday.  Note the joint working group with the TAC.  More on that later.  The FiF Australia National Chairman is Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Australia and Bishop of the Southern Apostolic District in the TAC.


A Special General Meeting of Members of Forward in Faith Australia Inc. was held on Saturday 13 February at All Saints Kooyong in Melbourne to consider the following recommendations from the National Council regarding the future direction of the Association.

  1. That this Special General Meeting of FiFA receives with great gratitude the Apostolic Constitution “Anglicanorum Coetibus” of Pope Benedict XVI and directs the National Council to foster by every means the establishing of an Ordinariate in Australia. And furthermore this Special General Meeting reaffirms its commitment to provide care and support for those who at this time feel unable to be received into the Ordinariate.
  2. That we warmly welcome the appointment of Bishop Peter Elliott as delegate of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference in the project to establish a Personal Ordinariate in this country.
  3. That we note the formation of a working group with Bishop Elliott comprising Members of Forward in Faith Australia, the Traditional Anglican Communion, and the Anglican Church of Australia, to set in train the processes necessary for establishing an Australian Ordinariate.
  4. That we give notice as to the establishing of Friends of the Australian Ordinariate and invite members of Forward in Faith Australia and other interested persons for expressions of interest by provision of names and addresses at this meeting, or by contacting the Chairman, noting that this does not commit interested persons to joining the Ordinariate.

The Meeting passed each of these Resolutions unanimously. The Right Reverend David Robarts OAM. National Chairman.

Author: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organized the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. He is also the CEO of Three Fish Consulting, LLC, an Information Technology consultancy based in Orlando, FL. He can be reached via email at ccampbell at threefish dot co.

22 thoughts on “To Foster by Every Means”

  1. Does anyone know where FIF/NA stands on the AC? Is being part of the ACNA keeping them from embracing this long awaited moment?

    1. FIF/NA is composed of many varied Anglican groups. Per their website Affiliated groups included: Parts of TEC, ACC, AMiA, APA and TAC. Associated groups: ACCC, CEC, REC, UAC. These groups cover a wide range of Anglican beliefs and Church Traditions.

      While parts of FIF/NA will embrace the offer of the Holy Father (TAC), others such as AMiA, REC, TEC and I believe APA will not. You may have individual (laity and priest) but I would be surprised if there is a large movement. I pray to be surprised.

      Also, many of these groups hold for the golden ring of be recognized by the CoE over union with Rome.

  2. I am really beginning to think that Christian's image of the Anglican host crossing the Tiber will prove to be true.

    May the Queen of Angels (and Angles) obtain this grace for the Church.

  3. Thank you Fr. Mark. You state, "Also, many of these groups hold for the golden ring of be recognized by the CoE over union with Rome." Without judging I say, it's a shame this is the case. I too wished for this recognition. I confess that I have always had the desire but lacked the necessary faith to believe the Spirit would open the door back to Rome. Now, I can't see opting for a 'recognition' by the CoE over a 'union' with Rome. I mean, I thought this was the whole sense of being a member of FIF/NA, SSC, and other such groups. As you, I pray all of us are pleasantly surprised by the numbers thereof who will accept the AC offer as a blessing from above.

  4. Do many of these additional groups, ACNA etc., realize that the CoE plans on going on with the invalid ordination of women "so called" Bishops? No mater what!? What is the sense of requiring their recognition!? It doesn't make a bit of sense. Really!? Unless they hope to split, for the lack of a better, word the CoE. The ACNA say that they have sympathy for Dr. Rowan Williams. That he has such a hard job. He has already made his feelings known, in regards to women "so called" Bishops and LGBT. He is all for them. So why sympathize? Join with the Pope or the Orthodox Church.

    1. Bob,

      Yes the ACNA realizes the CoE will create a position for women who wish to be known as Bishop. In the Canons and Constitution of the ACNA, women's ordination is accepted. Oh there are some restricts, but the ACNA does have women recognized as deacon and priest. I am in the REC of the ACNA. While we strictly prohibit ordaining women, we are being forced to accept them in vestments in our Churches. They appear at ordinations etc, process in but so far I have not witnessed any in the Sanctuary near the Altar. Being associated with the ACNA has the effect of making one comfortable with heresy.

      ArchBishop Duncan supports womens ordination. Since last June 09, the ACNA has ordained women to deacon and priest. Bishop Iker of Fort Worth has declared he is in impaired communion with his own ArchBishop due to women's ordination, He has asked the ArchBishop to stop personnally ordaining women. This was reported on Virtue On Line website.

      At the last meeting of the ACNA Bishops, women's ordination was ignored. Bishop Grote of the REC attempted to bring it up, but ArchBishop Duncan "tabled" the discuss until the next meeting in June 2010. While AMiA has a paper that supports the scriptures and tradition of not ordaining, they still grandfather (mother?) women in and continue to ordain women as deacon. Some Bishops who oppose WO are set to retire, Bishop Schofield in California. The names I have heard as successor include those soft on WO.

      When I join ACNA, I foolishly believed what I was told that WO would pass and end. That I would not have to serve with females who have been told they are deacon and priest. I now know that the ACNA is just the Episcopal Church of 10-20 years ago and in a few rapid years will be just like them.

      Like I said earlier, the ACNA wants to be ANglican. To be Anglican they must be recognized by the ArchBishop of Canterbury.


  5. Also, with the news of the Methodists reuniting with the CofE…might this show a revival of evangelical/low church in British Anglicanism once most Anglo-Catholics depart? Might this mean the further "Protestantization" of Anglicanism?

  6. Replying to # 9 and 10:

    It certainly looks like the “tectonic plates” are readjusting after the recent decision of General Synod to exclude a “safe haven” for Anglo-Catholics and conservative Evangelicals. Others have said that an exodus of the Anglo-Catholics would leave a gaping hole for someone else to jump into. The Methodists are in free-fall decline and will certainly need financial support from the Church of England.

    Seen through American eyes, this would be the case. But, this is the UK, and more people faced with change will either react according to the “Vicar of Bray Syndrome” or give up going to church altogether.

    I don’t think the exodus of Anglo-Catholics (to Rome or to stay in bed on Sunday mornings) will be a determining factor in any revival of low-church / evangelical Anglicanism. The new few months will verify the numbers of C of E clergy and laity interested in the Ordinariate project.

  7. I do know that many in FiF-NA are very interested. It remains to be seen if they will transition in an organized and measured way, or in a chaotic fragmentation. I strongly hope and pray for the former. It will also be a wake-up call for the hesitant Americans in both FiF and the ACA if all of their counterparts in other countries begin transitioning to the ordinariates, leaving them with the prospect of being alone.

  8. How many priests and bishops of the CoE do you all think may take the Holy Father's offer? Is there a prospect that we may get back some of the Cathedrals that were lost from the Reformation? Or a chance to jointly share them with those who will remain in the CoE?

  9. In terms of active CoE bishops probably the four current PEVs and maybe the Bishop of Chichester. Retirees – Edwin Barnes, maybe John Gaisford. Beyond those, no idea. With regards to priests I wouldn't hazard a guess. As for getting back Cathedrals, not a chance I'm afraid.

    1. @ N. P. West, #16,

      We need to just let Rome decide on a case by case basis. I think we can be confident and expect some will get dispensations. Of course, some cases may be rejected (I think we need to be honest here). In the end it's up to Rome who gets accepted and who does not.

  10. Re: #15:

    +Beverley (Martyn Jarrett), alone among the current PEVs, seems to be undecided; of the retirees Barnes is certainly in favor, but Gaisford spoke up strongly against "the Roman option" at last October's annual FIF/UK meeting. Chichester, maybe — and possibly also the quondam of York?

    1. @ #18,

      What about +Broadhurst? He seems to be waiting in COE Limbo. I do hope he comes over. What a wonderful leader of Anglican Catholics he'd make.

  11. Hope? First time I've heard his name mentioned. Very interesting. His celibacy would make him a potential episcopal ordinary in waiting, his health allowing.

  12. There is more than one problem with Archbishop Hepworth, he was at one time a Catholic priest and left and became Anglican, he also, from what I have read has been married, divorced and remarried.

    These are serious concerns regarding where he will fit into the Ordinariate. Even if he will be allowed to become part of the Ordinariate, I pray that people will realize that many of the Anglican Use priests have had to sacrifice to become Catholics. It is a mystery how our Lord uses people for His purpose and to our human eyes seem to have to suffer in some respects.

    My former priest who had so much to do with establishing the Pastoral Provision was denied an Anglcian Use parish. We went on our own as individuals to become Catholic and he is now a Latin Rite priest. Although I am know that the Lord has used him greatly, I feel that a part of him misses the Anglican traditions.

    I give him great credit for what he gave up to become Catholic. This is what makes a great leader, a person who can accomplish wonderful things for others and yet must sacrifice themselves.

  13. From the interview posted above: FL: So if a man was ever a Catholic and then became an Anglican, he can't come back and be a priest within the ordinariate?

    MS: That's correct, and this normally applies to men who are Anglican laymen as well as former Anglican clerics.

    Does this mean that those of us baptized in the Roman church as a child but Confirmed and ordained in the Episcopal church will not be able to be priests in the Ordinariate?

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