More News About the Australian Ordinariate

This has been taken from the Archdiocese of Perth website:

Ordination of the Very Reverend Fr Harry Entwistle

16 Jun 2012

Article and Photo by Fr R Cross

The Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe SDB, Archbishop of Perth, ordained to the Priesthood on Friday 15 June in St Mary's Cathedral Perth the Very Reverend Harry Entwistle.

[Above: Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett, Bishop Peter Elliott, Fr Harry Entwistle, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe and Bishop Donald Sproxton]

Also present at the ordination were Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett of the Lismore Diocese, Bishop Peter Elliot, Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, Bishop Donald Sproxton, many clergy of the Archdiocese of Perth as well as family and friends of the newly ordained Fr Entwistle. Traditional Anglican Community Archbishop, the Most Reverend John Hepworth, was also present in the congregation and later expressed his goodwill and support and said he looked forward to the day when the Church would be without division and speak with the one voice of Christ.

Immediately prior to the Ordination Mass, approximately 40 members of the Traditional Anglican Community were received into the Catholic Church by Monsignor Kevin Long. These and many of their friends were also present at the ordination Mass. Fr Entwistle was himself received into the Church at St Charles Seminary last Sunday, where he was also ordained a Deacon by Archbishop Costelloe.

The significance of the ordination Mass was added to when the Most Rev Peter Elliott rose after Communion and read the Decree of the Erection of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, under the patronage of St Augustine of Canterbury, issued by the Congregation of Doctrine and Faith on the 15 June 2012.

Bishop Elliott was particularly pleased to be present and read the Decree of Erection as he has worked assiduously as the project delegate for the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference and the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to prepare the way for the erection of the Ordinariate.

After the announcement of the Ordinariate, Archbishop Costelloe was pleased to read a Decree from Pope Benedict XVI announcing that the Very Reverend Father Harry Entwistle had been appointed the Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. This announcement was greeted with great joy by the new members of the Ordinariate. Fr Entwistle will be based in Perth but will be responsible for the Ordinariate throughout Australia.

In a media statement prior to the Ordination, Archbishop Costelloe said he welcomed the announcement of the establishment of the Ordinariate for groups of Anglicans who wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church while retaining elements of their own Anglican patrimony.

Archbishop Costelloe said, “Those people from the Anglican tradition who have decided to avail themselves of the opportunity afforded to them by Pope Benedict XV1 have done so after a long period of careful and prayerful discernment.”

“The Catholic community will welcome them with great joy and generosity of spirit. We look forward to fully sharing with them the richness of our faith. At the same time we hope to gain from the witness of their own faith and the beauty of their liturgical and spiritual traditions, which they will bring with them.”

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News from Australia on the Personal Ordinariate of the Southern Cross

From the Melbourne Archdiocese web site, this news:

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The Personal Ordinariate: an historic moment

POPE Benedict XVI will officially name Australia’s Personal Ordinariate Our Lady of the Southern Cross, under the patronage of St Augustine of Canterbury, on 15 June.

Bishop Peter Elliott, project delegate for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said the name of the Ordinary, the person who will lead the Ordinariate, would also be announced that day.

“The Ordinariate is a national diocese for former Anglicans who will enter full communion with the Catholic Church and yet retain their own heritage and traditions,” Bishop Elliott said.

“Many requests had come from groups to Rome in recent years, that is from Anglicans in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, who were deeply distressed at the ordination of women as priests and bishops and also most unhappy about other liberalising trends in the Anglican Communion.

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A Sermon by Bishop Peter Elliott

In anticipation of the Australian Ordinariate, Fr. Graeme Mitchell (vicar of St Mary the Virgin ACCA/TAC) officiated at Evensong, with Bishop David Robarts (Southern Region of the ACCA) presiding. Anglican and Catholic clergy were in choir. The Holy Cross Church has been designated by Archbishop Denis Hart to be shared between the parish community and the Ordinariate groups in Melbourne. Evensong was followed by prayers for the Ordinariate and Pontifical Benediction, given by Bishop Elliott. Anglicans and Catholics shared a supper after the liturgical function.


A Sermon preached by Bishop Peter Elliott at Solemn Evensong and Benediction, Church of the Holy Cross, South Caulfield, Vic. Australia, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2011

The heart of Corpus Christi College, the seminary of the Province of Melbourne and the archdiocese of Hobart, is a beautiful gothic chapel. Recently constructed within the bluestone shell of a modest colonial church, it features two windows on either side of a Pugin tabernacle. The rich stained glass depicts the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, but in a most original way.

On one side the apostles are gathered around Mary in prayer, a detail recorded by St Luke leading into his account of Pentecost (cf Acts 1:14). That window represents the Marian dimension of the Church. On the other side the window presents St Peter presiding as teacher among the apostles. This scene represents the Petrine dimension of the Church, perpetuated across all ages in the Popes, teaching and governing as the true successors of the Fisherman of Galilee.

Future priests who raise their eyes to the glowing colour of the windows are invited to contemplate the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church in two complimentary principles. The Marian and the Petrine dimensions are held together through what guides them both, the presence and work of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete who prays in and through us and who guides and preserves the Church from falling into error.

In the new English translation of the Roman Mass, the Church is consistently referred to as “she” and “her”. In that perspective of the Church our Mother we find Mary, first member of the Church, but, as Saint Augustine pointed out, she is not greater than the Church. Therefore when we take up the title given her at the end of the Second Vatican Council, “Mother of the Church”, we do not set her above the Church, rather she is found, like any good mother, within the family circle of the Church. As such we gather around her in prayer with the apostles of Pentecost.

Tonight we celebrate her Immaculate Conception. In the dogma of the Immaculate Conception the Marian and Petrine principles converge. By the authority of the successor of Saint Peter, the truth of Mary’s sinless origin was solemnly defined in 1854. The Petrine principle was used to deepen and discern a truth that enriches the Marian principle.

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A Catholic Welcome for Anglicans

Bishop Peter Elliott was kind enough to email a paper he gave on Saturday at an an information day in Melbourne regarding the anticipated Australian personal ordinariate.

The day concluded with sung Evensong in the Basilica of Our Lady of Victories, Camberwell.  A choir of Anglicans and Catholics sang the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Dyson in F.

Bishop David Robarts (TAC) presided and Bishop Elliott was in choir.

This is an extremely interesting paper — one that touches upon not a few matters of controversy — and I shall be interested to read our visitors' comments!

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Ordinariate Information Day, Basilica of Our Lady of Victories,
Camberwell,  Melbourne, Victoria, June  11,  2011

The Ordinariate in the Living Church

Bishop Peter J. Elliott
Auxiliary Bishop, Melbourne

On this Vigil of Pentecost 2011 we have much to celebrate. The establishment of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham within the Catholic Church in England has been accompanied by warm welcomes.  The same pattern will soon unfold in the United States, Canada and Australia. The generous offer of Pope Benedict XVI is taking concrete visible form. The offer itself is a welcome from the Successor of St Peter, and his welcome is generating much good will in the Church.

It is significant that we meet at the Basilica of Our Lady of Victories, Camberwell, one of Australia’s finest parish churches, combining Romanesque and Renaissance styles. This domed stone church was built in 1914 by a man of vision and imagination, Father George Robinson, himself a former Anglican. On the eve of the Great War he appealed across Australia to raise a national shrine in the Melbourne suburbs in honour of the Patroness of Australia, Our Lady Help of Christians, also known as Our Lady of Victories.

This Marian title recalls a critical moment in history, the sea battle of Lepanto, 1571, depicted in the glowing colours of the West window of this minor basilica. We see Pope Saint Pius V leading the people of Rome in fervent prayer, that through the intercession of Mary Help of Christians victory would be granted and Europe would be spared. Today we may entrust our enterprise to Our Lady’s help.

A personal ordinariate

The Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus of November 4th 2009 was Pope Benedict XVI responding pastorally to requests for help from traditional Anglicans, requests to Rome that began over twenty years ago. The Apostolic Constitution establishes “a Personal Ordinariate for Anglicans who wish to enter full communion with the Catholic Church”.

As the Apostolic Constitution defines it: “The Ordinariate is composed of the lay faithful, clerics and members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, originally belonging to the Anglican Communion (now Anglicanism) and now in full communion with the Catholic Church”, to which is added significantly “or those who receive the Sacraments of Initiation within the jurisdiction of the Ordinariate.”[1] The future of what amounts to a national diocese for specific people is thus not restricted only to former Anglicans. Moreover any Catholic is free to worship and receive the sacraments in Ordinariate parishes.

Anglicans become members of the Catholic Church in and through the Ordinariate by applying in writing,[2] and application forms will be issued later this year. Then they make a Profession of Faith and receive the Sacraments of Christian Initiation (in practice Confirmation and the Eucharist). Then they are to be registered as members.[3] The rule of faith for the Ordinariate is the Catechism of the Catholic Church. [4]

As we can see in England, Anglicans are entering full communion within a distinctive ecclesial community, maintaining the “Anglican Patrimony”, their own traditions and customs, including liturgical privileges. At the same time, these Personal Ordinariates will be part of the Roman Rite. As the Constitution and the Complementary Norms from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith indicate, each Ordinariate is meant to relate pastorally and practically with the particular Church (the local Catholic diocese) and to the Episcopal Conference of the nation or region where the Ordinariate is erected.

From the very beginning the Ordinariates work with the Episcopal Conference. Relations with Episcopal Conferences and Diocesan Bishops are spelt out in the Complementary Norms. [5] The Ordinary, whether a bishop or a monsignor, will be a member of the Episcopal Conference. It is that ecclesial context that I address today, envisaging the place of these Personal Ordinariates in the living Church.

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Radio Interview from Australia

Yesterday I was thinking that we haven't had much Ordinariate news from Australia lately, so I was especially pleased, while having a look over at the Ordinariate Portal, to find the link to a radio interview from Australia which includes Bishop Peter Elliott and Archbishop John Hepworth. Of course, as would be expected, the moderator had to bring in some "alternative views" by having an ARCIC supporter and a pro-women's Ordination spokesman. It didn't spoil the main topic, however — it was obviously an attempt to do the "fair and balanced" bit, but Bishop Elliott and Archbishop Hepworth were able to use most of the time talking about the coming Ordinariate. The program was broadcast a few months ago, but nothing said has gone out of date.

Here is the link to the audio.

(It might just be my computer, but it seemed to take a while for the link to open. Be patient!)

In Other News This Week…

There was a lot happening this week around the globe of direct interest to our readers.

Here's a quick rundown of some of the week's stories that we didn't get to:


The next phase of Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue gets underway in May.  Msgr. Mark Langham, the Catholic co-secretary for this round of talks, had this to say to Vatican Radio on the subject of the Ordinariates:

We’ve always said the path of traditional ecumenical dialogue is different from that of individual or group conversion – Vatican Council makes that clear in its document on ecumenism, so we don't see our work lying within that framework of the ordinariate. Our work is to stress the traditional relationship between the two traditions that has been expressed over 40 years in ARCIC so although the ordinariate is an extremely important aspect of the landscape it won’t in itself be something that comes into our discussions.

Read the rest of the interview.>>>

Social Justice and the Ordinariate

In the UK, The Independent had a story on Fr. Keith Newton's thoughts on social justice, reporting him as saying, "you cannot be a Christian without working for Kingdom values while on earth." Bishop Weston, Fr. Mackonochie, and all the sisters who gave their lives for both the gospel and the poor would be proud.  The interview also includes some good quotes about the importance of church schools and the future of Britain as a Christian country.

Read the original article.>>>

The Groups Keep Grouping

To update the map count, there's one pin yet to be added for the UK.  When it's in, that will bring us up to 79 groups of Anglicans for the U.S., Canada, and the UK, a jump of three from last Saturday.

A Report from the Australian Ordinariate Gathering

Finally, The Messenger, just put up a very upbeat report up on the recent Ordinariate gathering in Australia, including this summary of Bishop Elliott's comments on the future there:

Sharing our stories, listening to each other, and being there as the unfolding the Ordinariate takes place, was a central theme of the conference.  Perhaps the most eloquent was Bp. Elliott who spoke, on day two, of the way that the Ordinariate may unfold in Australia.  One of the major things that Bp. Elliott stressed was that Australia was not England, nor was it Canada nor was it the USA.  The history of Australian Anglicanism is unique to itself, so the unfolding of the Ordinariate will be unique.  The Bishop spoke of the two major divergent streams here in Australia, the ACCA, those who left, or were driven out, of the Anglican Church in Australia, and those who stayed within and tried to fight the heresies from there.  It has been 23 years since the first ACCA parishes were formed, so it has developed its own way of doing things, its own distinctive Anglican flavour, while those within, have their ways, their norms, so there has been a divergence, not an insurmountable one, but a divergence none the less.  Bp. Elliott emphasised that the coming together of these two streams of Anglicanism will mean that the Ordinariate will develop differently to that in England and Wales, though there may be some similarities.

In a later talk, Bp. Elliott outlined the process, as he sees it, in the erection of the Ordinariate.  Firstly, each Anglican priest who goes into the Australian Ordinariate will need a Catholic priest sponsor, a former Anglican priest if possible, a person who he can be with, befriend, listen to, confide in, encourage, and just be there for the man as he prepares for Catholic ordination, both before and after.  This makes a lot of sense to me, as we will need hand-holding as a lot of what we do will be new, especially Canon Law.   Secondly, the laity, each person who joins the Ordinariate, as I understand it, will need a Catholic sponsor, one who will stand by them as they move into the Ordinariate especially at their Chrismation.

Read the rest of the report.>>>

Australian Ordinariate Encourages Peace and Unity

Zenit has published the following interview with Bishop Peter Elliott, Australian Delegate for Anglicanorum coetibus. Bishop Elliott discusses the challenges that groups of Australian Anglicans have faced on their journey, the sense of enthusiasm and anticipation among those who are working for an Australian Ordinariate, and the impact of Anglicanorum coetibus on ecumenical relations with the Anglican Communion.

Bishop Peter Elliott

Australian Ordinariate Encourages Peace and Unity

Interview With Bishop Peter Elliott

By Genevieve Pollock

MELBOURNE, Australia, JAN. 26, 2011 ( The forthcoming establishment of an ordinariate for Australian Anglicans wishing to enter the Catholic Church has ignited hope for greater peace and unity, says Auxiliary Bishop Peter Elliott of Melbourne.

Bishop Elliott, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference episcopal delegate for the ordinariate, and himself a former Anglican, told ZENIT that there is a sense of enthusiasm and anticipation among those who seek to join the ordinariate, as stipulated in "Anglicanorum Coetibus."

The Australian Ordinariate Implementation Committee was formed only last month. Next month, a national gathering will take place for those interested in learning more about it. The hope was expressed that the ordinariate will be established this year.

In this interview with ZENIT, Bishop Elliott spoke about the challenges and hopes surrounding this ordinariate, its impact on ecumenism, and how it can encourage all Catholics to grow in their faith.

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Bishop Elliott Adds More Details on Australian Ordinariate

There's a new article up on the Melbourne Archdiocese's website, in which Bishop Peter Elliott gives a few more tantalizing details about the formation of an Australian Ordinariate.

Note that he says the Ordinariate could be up and people received by Pentecost!

What about us in Canada?  What about my friends in America? I got word from someone in the Toronto Archdiocese that Canada is behind England and the United States.

It makes me want to bash my head into the wall.

Canada's situation is even less complex than that of the United Kingdom and is actually more similar to that of Australia.  In Canada, most of the clergy and faithful who want to join the Ordinariate are from the Traditional Anglican Communion's Anglican Catholic Church of Canada. We already have good relationships built with the Anglican priests that have expressed interest in joining.  We're even in preliminary discussions about a Becoming One event up here in the snow.

First, though, here's an excerpt of Bishop Elliott's remarks:

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Australian Anglicans seeking full communion with the Catholic Church may have the opportunity by Pentecost 2011, Episcopal Delegate for the Ordinariate Bishop Peter Elliott told Kairos Catholic Journal yesterday.

Reflecting on the historic announcement of the Australian Ordinariate Implementation Committee formation on 16 December, Bishop Elliott said once the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has determined and decreed that an Ordinariate be established in Australia, it will be inaugurated through public Eucharistic celebrations.

“These events will happen around the country,” he said. “But people do not have to enter at that time. The Ordinariates will always remain open to welcome new members and friends. Once the Ordinariate is established, any Catholic will be able to receive the sacraments in an Ordinariate church.”

Bishop Elliott said it was difficult to estimate the numbers who will enter the Ordinariate, but in the beginning small groups will inaugurate the parishes.

Bishop Elliott said membership of the Australian Ordinariate Implementation Committee was still being finalised but it will include representatives from the Anglican Church of Australia,  the Anglican Catholic Church of Australia (Traditional Anglican Communion) and  the Catholic Church. The committee will take up practical issues, including the timing of the reconciliation of lay faithful, how best this can be achieved in accord with the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus and local conditions.

“The committee will deal with practical matters such as property, finance, as well as legal questions so that the Ordinariate will be in accord both with Canon Law and Civil Law,” he said.  “Because the Australian Ordinariate covers a whole continent, it is a rather more diverse and complex project that forming an Ordinariate in the United Kingdom.”

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I hope that Cardinal Wuerl and Archbishop Collins will establish an implementation committee as soon as possible that is made up of people who are qualified to represent the various groups involved.

Note that the Australian Committee will have TAC representatives  (and since the TAC is a hierarchical ecclesial community and Archbishop Hepworth is involved, the representatives will be actually delegated to act on the TAC's behalf, and not just be a token TAC person who happens to be a member but represents only him or herself) and Anglican Church members and representatives from the Catholic Church.

In Canada, the groups are the TAC's Anglican Catholic Church of  Canada,  at least three Anglican priests, one parish and one group that wants to form an ordinariate parish, and a goodly number of former Anglicans who have already become Catholics but want to be in the Ordinariate.  There may be more.  If you have more details, please put them in the comments.

In the United States, an implementation committee should include people delegated to speak for the Anglican Use parishes; the TAC's Anglican Church of America bishops, priests and lay people under the Patrimony of the Primate who are going into the Ordinariate in the first wave (again delegated by the Primate and actually representing people officially); representatives of the clergy and members of the Episcopal Church who wish to join and Catholic representatives to liaise with Cardinal Wuerl and CDF.

I am sure the Anglican Use folks could quickly tell you who they want to represent them. We in the TAC on both sides of the border can make that decision quickly. It is the folks in the Anglican Church and the Episcopal Church who may have a little more trouble in finding someone among themselves to represent them because they do not have a structure already. They are unlikely to be bringing property with them and must leave their structures behind.

In the United States, you could establish an Ordinariate as quickly as you could separate the Anglican Use parishes from their respective dioceses, link them together under the a corporate structure the Catholic Church might use to create a new diocese and presto!  You have an Ordinariate, with property, money, insurance policies, employees all expandable to receive the ACA clergy and people from the Episcopal Church under their corporate and legal umbrella.   Maybe someone from the Anglican Use could give me a time frame of how long this might take?

In Canada, the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada is not well-off by any means and we are small, but we have an infrastructure from coast to coast in Canada that could easily be brought in line with both the Canon Law and Civil Law, as Bishop Elliott put it and we would love to expand to include Anglicans who like us long to be Catholic.  We have charitable numbers for tax purposes and the ability to license clergy and grant marriage licenses already, just as the Anglican Use parishes do.   Why not take what we have as a basis?

In both Australia and Canada our chancellors anticipated the need to make our structure "ordinariate ready"  to ensure that we could take our property and our wills and trusts into the Catholic Church.  That doesn't mean we're exclusive, just practical!   We want the Ordinariate as soon as possible.

So, it's not like, after the "census" is taken, the Roman prelates have to re-invent the wheel.   Only in England, where the majority of people coming in are from the Church of England and must leave their existing structures (and the TAC group there very small) is there a need to start from scratch.

Last month I had some communication with someone in the Vatican's diplomatic service who told me England would provide the template for the Ordinariates.  But why should England be the template when England's situation is so different from that everywhere else?

So, folks, if you had Cardinal Wuerl's or Archbishop Collins' ear, what would you suggest about establishing an implementation committee?

Here's one more thing I'd add:  delegate this to a committee of people who have a stake in the outcome and you'll be surprised at how fast and effortlessly this will come together.

One thing the census will do is perhaps establish the proportional size of the groups.  Maybe this will have a bearing on how the governing council of six priests that will advise the pope on the selection of the ordinary will be constituted.

But for the implementation committee, it does not have to be proportional.  Do it on the Senate model, each group gets two or three people and let's get on with it!

Your thoughts?

News from Australia

An article in The Catholic Weekly states this:

The first personal ordinariate for former Anglicans is expected to be established in Australia by next Easter, according to Bishop Peter Elliott, the Australian Catholic Bishops’ delegate for assisting lay Anglicans join the Church.

The first such ordinariate is to be established in England and Wales in early January.

Bishop Elliott says “we’re hoping to follow a similar timeline”, but it “may be a few months later”.

“We’re yet to work out with the Vatican what would be the best procedure, but it ought to focus around Easter and Pentecost,” said Bishop Elliott, auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne.

“We would hope by then to have specific churches designated for the ordinariate and, also the most important thing, to have some clergy who have been privately reconciled and ordained to the priesthood ready to welcome their fellow former Anglicans.”

The article is brief, but you can read the whole thing here.

Yet Another Week of Grace

Cardinal DiNardo speaks with confirmands at Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston.

In the mainstream media, it was a quieter week for Ordinariate news, but plenty of things were happening.

The American Ordinariate Google Map pin count stands at 21, up two from last week.

The Tablet reported that Bishop Andrew Burnham has estimated that the Ordinariate in England will launch with around 24 groups.  (Remember to keep the Bishops of Ebbsfleet and Richborough in your prayers.)

In The Telegraph, religion correspondent, Tim Ross, reported comments from a senior C of E official on the possibility that those who enter the Ordinariate may be allowed to continue worshipping in their current buildings.

Also from the UK, we have word of a new blog, Ordinariate Watch, dedicated particularly to developments in London.

From Australia, we got an important glimpse of the shape of things to come from Bishop Peter Elliott.

The November edition of the Diocesan Circular of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada is online and contains several articles of Ordinariate interest as well as the regular features like From Maggie’s Kitchen. (Good food is definitely integral to the Patrimony.)

In the November newsletter of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, we read that Cardinal DiNardo confirmed eight young people during a Solemn High Mass and has written to Cardinal-designate Wuerl giving his blessing for the parish to enter the American Ordinariate.

The website of Mount Calvary, Baltimore, now displays Peter’s keys in its masthead and there is also a news page for developments in the parish’s journey to full communion.

Tomorrow, Fr. Phillips will be at a special meeting on the way forward at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Orlando, where our own moderator is senior warden.

In other news, though it is an insignificant gesture that is only intended for a few perpetually disgruntled souls, yet another notable figure in the Church of England felt that he had to pour cold water on Anglicanorum coetibus.  This time it was N.T. Wright, the former Bishop of Durham.  His comments on the Ordinariate got less coverage than they might have otherwise because in the same interview he also stated that he firmly believes in women bishops, except when he doesn’t.

In better news, we saw a positive view of the Ordinariates in the Jesuit magazine, America.

Next Tuesday, the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran, marks the first anniversary of the publication of Anglicanorum coetibus.  Pray that the good news keeps coming and don’t forget to add your updates to our Moving Forward section.