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Apology

I have been remiss. I published here the story of an ordination to the diaconate, but not the crowning glory of this deacon's ordination to the Holy Catholic priesthood. Better late than never!

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Ordinariate Denies Favoritism Charges

The following article is from Anglican Ink, and it presents an issue which has floated around amongst both Ordinariate and non-Ordinariate clergy and laity. Posting this here should not be taken as doubting the assertion that there has been no favoritism shown, but it's probably important for the Ordinariate leadership to continue to take seriously the fact that there are those with this perception, and to address it in "thought, word and deed."

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Ordinariate denies favoritism charges

TEC clergy dominate new U.S. Anglican Ordinariate

By George Conger

The head of the U.S. branch of the Anglican Ordinariate, Msg. Jeffrey Steenson, has denied accusations it has given preference to former Episcopal clergy in its ordination process. However, among its first class of priests, 16 of 19 are former Episcopal clergy, with only 3 receiving their formation and orders from the continuing church.

Questions and concerns about the implementation and interpretation of Anglicanorum coetibus have met the Vatican’s initiative to create a liturgical home for Anglicans with the Roman Catholic Church. In an interview with PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, Dr. Ian Markham, Dean of the Virginia Theological Seminary criticized the pastoral provision for Anglicans for sheep stealing.

“There was a perception that this was poaching by the Roman Catholic Church of Anglicans around the world. It was discourteous, it was stealing sheep, it was unecumenical,” he said, adding “It’s viewed as not recognizing the value of and integrity of our traditions.”

Its critics also charge the sheep stealing is directed towards the Church of England and the Episcopal Church. While talks began in 1991 between leaders of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) and the Vatican on returning Anglican Catholics to Rome, TAC clergy have been noticeably absent from the Ordinariates in the U.S. and U.K. The three TAC bishops who spearheaded the reunion efforts with Rome — David Moyer, John Hepworth and Louis Falk – are absent from the clergy ranks of the Ordinariate.

Some former TAC clergy who have applied for ordination in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter tell Anglican Ink that they have been treated brusquely. Others report that a year after contacting the Ordinariate’ s Washington office, they are still waiting to hear what the future holds.

One clergyman, who asked not to be named as he had applied for reception, told Anglican Ink he had been discouraged the “Pastoral Provision was so un-pastoral”. A “Fort Worth mafia” was dominating the U.S. Ordinariate – Msg. Steenson is a former Fort Worth rector, while the vicar for clergy, the Rt. Rev. Charles Hough III is the former canon to the ordinary of the Diocese of Fort Worth.

A second aspirant said he had been pressed to explain why he had not come to Rome when he left the Episcopal Church some twenty five years ago. If he accepted papal supremacy and the dogmas of the Catholic Church, why had he delayed a quarter century in making his submission, he was asked, the clergyman told AI.

The question is not an unfair one, however, as the Catholic Church’s self-understanding of its role in the economy of salvation is found in the statements of the Second Vatican Council.

Lumen Gentium 14 states: “Whosoever, therefore, knowing that the Catholic Church was made necessary by Christ, would refuse to enter or to remain in it, could not be saved”, which on its face, would appear to render suspect in Roman eyes those who have held long standing doubts as to the veracity of Anglican truth claims and delayed going over to Rome.

Of the 19 clergy re-ordained for service in the Ordinariate, 7 have come directly from the Episcopal Church, 6 from the Episcopal Church via the Anglican Church in North America, 3 from the Episcopal Church via the Anglican Church in America, 2 from the Anglican Church in America, and 1 from the Charismatic Episcopal Church.

Asked to respond to the assertions of unfair treatement of TAC clergy, Msg. Steenson said:“Not true. The judgment of Apostolicae curae falls on each of us alike. We treat each applicant equally, and apply the objective criteria of discernment that the Catholic Church requires.”

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Monsignor Steenson Continues to Express Enmity Toward the Extraordinary Form

UPDATE (10:15 AM EDT): Rorate Cæli, the highly esteemed web site for Traditional Catholics, are also covering these developments in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, and I have been conferring with their top moderators making sure that we get the most accurate information possible to the faithful.

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In an recent statement from Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson (my emphasis):

"We have therefore asked that the congregations of the Ordinariate follow this direction. Some of our clergy want to learn also how to celebrate according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. They are certainly encouraged to do so, under the provisions of Summorum Pontificum and under the supervision of the local bishop, to assist in those stable communities that use the Extraordinary Form. But as the Extrordinary Form is not integral to the Anglican patrimony, it is not properly used in our communities. The Ordinariate will remain focused on bringing Christians in the Anglican tradition into full communion with the Catholic Church. We also are pleased that the Church has provided for the continuing use of the Extraordinary Form, particularly as a pastoral response to traditional Catholics, and regard all of this as a well-ordered symphony of praise to the Blessed Trinity."

I have it on unimpeachable authority that there is on ongoing crackdown on those AU/Ordinariate priests who would dare to learn or celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite on the part of Steenson, Hurd, and Chalmers. The affected priests are naturally frightened, and unwilling to go on record, but make no mistake, the leadership of the U.S. Ordinariate at present has set itself against both Summorum Pontificum and Anglicanorum coetibus. I also have it on good authority that this intimidation, an abuse of power, is being reported directly to the Roman Authorities. And the contention that the traditional Latin Mass has no bearing on the Anglican Patrimony — this simply has me flabbergasted. Is there just a shortsightedness on the part of the Ordinary, or is he ignorant of the history of English Catholicism?

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More Ordinariate Disappointment

This statement has been approved by the Personal Ordinariate and posted on the St. Thomas More Parish web site.

It's a pity — a solid, private boys' school with spirituality rooted in the Traditional Latin Mass, but with an appreciation of the Anglican Patrimony.  This seems like it would have been a marriage made in heaven.

When I met him in Orlando some months ago, Monsignor Steenson held nothing back in the expression of his enmity towards Catholic Traditionalism and the so-called Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.  He said the Ordinariate should have nothing to do with those people (a paraphrase, but an accurate assessment of his attitude which was made quite clear).  He even suggested that, simply because I had an affinity for the TLM that I should consider myself "out of communion" with the local Ordinary, Bishop Noonan of Orlando.  Quite taken aback, I assured the Anglican Ordinary that I was quite Catholic, despite my intense dislike (and often horror) of the institutionalized liturgical abuses found in Latin Rite parishes almost everywhere (and unfortunately in my home diocese) and my attachment to Catholic Tradition.

The Ordinary should at least be reminded that, according to Anglicanorum coetibus and Summorum Pontificum, his priests have the unrestricted right to celebrate the Sacraments according to the liturgical books in force in 1962.  And it is my fervent belief that both the Anglican Catholic and Catholic Traditionalist communities would both greatly benefit by their collaboration — if only we had a visionary leadership.

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I Wish I Had Known It Would Be Like This!

"I wish I had known it would be like this!"  That's what I wrote last April to someone who also made this similarly arduous journey into the Catholic Church as part of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada.  I wish I had known how it was going to be when we were actually received into the Catholic Church because this might have spared me such disappointment and anguish over the previous year.  As most of you know from my complaints and dismay expressed publicly from time to time, I sure felt as if Cardinal Kasper's words regarding the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) — "the train has already left the station" — applied to us, that we were the chopped liver of Ordinariate applicants, treated like second class citizens, that really only those from the Canterbury Communion need apply and so on.

Yes, I hoped for a much more corporate approach to our reception than the parish by parish model that in effect disintegrated the ecclesial bonds we had enjoyed in the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada and forced us to walk away from considerable assets for a poor group like ourselves in terms of wills and trusts.  I still think that Rome could have handled this aspect better and maybe we would not have lost so many people.

But it is what it is.  And while we are so much smaller, a remnant of the 700 Canadian communicants there were when we first reported our numbers to the Catholic Church, but  those who remain are more united, more bonded.  As my grandfather always used to say, "Everything always works out for the best."  Who knows?  Maybe some of the people we lost will come back eventually.  I hope so.

So what I am I trying to say here?

I really want to avoid anything that is going to look preachy in smugly telling people to be patient and not fret.  I used to get annoyed from time to time back in the day at pep talk posts that seemed to be saying my attitude was the problem when all I saw was alarming and hurtful and it felt like I was being admonished to close my eyes to injustice.

Okay.

Things did not work out the way I expected them to and adjusting my expectations and accepting the disappointment was difficult.  Experiencing the disintegration of the Traditional Anglican Communion was awful.  Watching Archbishop John Hepworth's trials, I found agonizing.

I reached a point where I was really wondering if I could become Catholic.  All I could see were the Church's flaws. I wanted to flee to a simpler, more direct personal relationship with Jesus Christ like I'd experienced as an evangelical.

But once our bishops and clergy decided to join the Catholic Church with no conditions, without a nulla osta in sight, things suddenly changed for us.  The welcome and generosity we have experienced has been amazing.  The sense of constant spiritual attack also lifted.  It's been a honeymoon of grace since last January when the request was made to come in in April.

The generosity comes not only from our local bishops but also from the Ordinariate.

We in Canada have had a good experience of our Ordinary Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson and have found him accessible and attentive to our concerns.

I wonder, though, whether in the United States there is a disappointment concerning the Anglican Use parishes, particularly Our Lady of the Atonement (OLA), and their apparent lack of a role in the new Ordinariate.

I don't think I'm the only one who envisioned the Anglican Use parishes being the spine of the U.S. Ordinariate, providing it with an initial stability and income that no other country would have.  So, I can understand there might be some dismay that OLA, the first and most successful Anglican Use parish, is not part of it, even if we do not know all the reasons behind its withdrawal.

This morning, I saw a comment on another blog that indicated some Traditional Anglican Communion parishes in the United States feel like they and their clergy are being left on the platform as the Ordinariate train rolls by.

One thing that wise correspondent told me in response to my "I wish I had known that it would be like this" was something to the effect that maybe, in some mysterious way, the suffering and anguish contributed to the good result we are experiencing now.

"It changed you, no?"

Well, it did force me to pray.  Suffering is like that.  But it was risky because I was so tempted to bitterness, which is not my usual besetting sin.  It was like getting hit with a craving for gambling, which I am so not interested in!

Given how bleak things looked even a year ago for us, I wonder what things will look like two years from now for those in the United States who are feeling left out or who have concerns now about how things are taking shape.  Maybe Our Lady of the Atonement, will be safely and happily part of the Ordinariate and those communities that feel left behind at the station will have been gathered in.  We can pray for that result.

I ask, too, that if you comment about disappointments or concerns, that you take a measured tone.  There is much going on in the Ordinariate that is behind the scenes but progress is being made.  Maybe not on our timetable or unfolding as we expected, but it will, we can all hope and pray, work out for the best.

Meanwhile, we can expect that there will be lots of turbulence and spiritual warfare attacking any moves towards greater Christian unity.  It used to help me when I recognized that some of what I was feeling was spiritual attack.  The other thing that helped was to know that everything that was happening was still under God's watchful eye and Providence.  Jesus was allowing this to happen and was I going to kick against Him?

So, I hope those who are outside and wondering why things are not going faster or more smoothly will know that I am with you in your suffering.  This kind of travailing is compared to labor pains for a reason.  But there are many reasons for hope and thanksgiving, too.

I hope someday you too will be saying like I am now, "I wish I had known it would be like this!"

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Ordinariate of Fort Worth

No doubt this article will raise some hackles, but The Anglo-Catholic is the pre-eminent space for debate, discussion and news about the Ordinariates, the Anglican Use, and, generally, the Anglican tradition in the Catholic Church.  As much as we've been accused of kowtowing to the Establishment and holding the party line, it is consonant with the mission of the blog to explore different points of view — within the bounds and bonds of Catholic unity — and I believe that we have always striven to achieve this.

The fact of the matter is that some very poor decisions have been made with respect to the establishment of the American Ordinariate.  Perhaps this is to be expected as such a thing has never before been attempted; but so too is it important that we recognise and debate issues of controversy.

The following article is by Vincent Uher, former parishioner of Our Lady of Walsingham, whom we have featured on The Anglo-Catholic before.  It is a hard-hitting piece that will be condemned by the pay, pray, and obey crowd, but as the Gospel reading for today, the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (EF), teaches, Our Lord calls us individually to discern the Truth, judging the good fruit from the bad.  This is an obligation that He places on everyone, not simply those in authority.

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Ordinariate of Fort Worth
The Personal Ordinariate of Jeffrey Steenson

It always seemed remarkable that in all of the USA Texas should be the heart of the Anglican Use and the Pastoral Provision of Bl. John Paul II.

But it is positively odd that the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter should be developed without the involvement of those same Texas Anglican Use Catholics.

And it is odder still that another group connected to the former ECUSA Diocese of Fort Worth should have exclusive control over the new Ordinariate in North America.

The Ordinary, the Vicar General, the Vicar of the Clergy, and the rector of the principal church (read: dean of the cathedral) are all 'Fort Worth men'. All of them. If this were the Personal Ordinariate of Fort Worth, there would be no problem with that. I doubt that any of these good and able men from Fort Worth have even paused to consider that some would find Msgr. Steenson's appointments problematical or objectionable rather than a cause for celebration.

There is a great difference between thinking like a local territorial bishop and thinking like an exarch for a Continent.

Absolutely, the U.S. Ordinary must think like an exarch of the continent and avoid all appearance of preferring one region for another, one city for another, etc. How would it be for England if the Ordinary and everyone he appointed all came from… oh say, Birmingham? Most would be appalled. (Yes, some sycophants would try to make a case for some mystical connexion to Blessed Newman, but they would be discounted at once for what they were.) Did Jesus choose the Twelve from only those from Nazareth?

As has been demonstrated before, either Msgr. Steenson has no natural facility for public relations, or he simply doesn't care. He could have made the announcement of the first Vicar of the Clergy at the same time that he announced the names of others from around North America who will serve on the Pastoral Council, the Financial Council, and the Governing Council. Never mind that all of these Councils should have been appointed ages ago — even if only provisionally.

Avoiding the appearance of impropriety by a hierarch is so very vital to the life of a church body today. 'Croneyism' is the word being used to describe these 'Fort Worth' appointments by Msgr. Steenson, and it is too bad because the men in question are extremely able and sincere servants of Christ.

They really deserve better than having someone's poor judgement cloud the fact that these are priests of God who have bravely left a misguided ecclesial body and offered to the Holy Church of Rome all of their gifts and talents. I want to be clear on this point. I think all of these Fort Worth men including the Ordinary have enormous gifts to give the Church. They aren't the only gifted ones in the Ordinariate, however, and it is a profound shame that the Ordinary does not have an "appointed Jesuit" to help him avoid unnecessary blunders with public relations or actual mistakes in terms of governance. Often times a critic can do one a greater service than a paid consultant.

"What would you have proposed, Vincent?" At the least the Ordinary could have announced the appointment of Rector and Vicar of the Clergy within the context of announcing his appointment of the many other men and women to the three Councils required by the Holy See. Also, there are structural matters and other appointments to consider that could be done to help alter this unfortunate "Club of Fort Worth" appearance.

Some things cannot be undone.

In early news reports, Msgr. Steenson said he could not form a Governing Council because he would have to wait until his new priests were ordained to put them on the new Governing Council. "What?" Yes, that is what the news accounts reported, and there were never any retractions or clarifications. "But what of all the Pastoral Provision priests?" Alors. Yes, what of them.

It is an apostolical misjudgement to mistake one's personal council of advice — one's intimate friends — for the necessary office bearers within one's exarchy or ordinariate. Without consultation and collaboration with the clergy and laity — even at the most minimal levels of the three Vatican required Councils which do not yet exist — no priest — not even a mitred priest granted jurisdiction — can lead an exarchy, eparchy, diocese, or ordinariate as well as he might were he to view the ordained and lay faithful as essential fellow collaborators in mission and decision-taking rather than as subjects to be ruled or 'trouble' to be avoided.

Dare anyone hope that in the future the six priests to be named to the Governing Council will come from somewhere other than the men of Fort Worth? Dare we hope that any of them will be Pastoral Provision clergy who have been Catholic priests for more than a few months? There is always hope.

There is always hope.

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Msgr. Steenson's Homily at the Ordination of Fr. Andrew Bartus

I've been doing a lot of virtual traveling via Google Earth in Southern California as I will be staying for a week later this month with family a few miles south of Oceanside where there is a new Anglican Use Catholic community, St. Augustine of Canterbury.  Hmm.  Can I make it to Mass with them while I'm in the area?

Here's an excerpt of a news story about the reception of this group and that of the Blessed Henry Newman fellowship of Santa Ana yesterday.  Follow the link for some great pictures.

 

The Anglican churches, Blessed John Henry Newman of Santa Ana and Vista-based Saint Augustine of Canterbury, are now organized in “ordinariates,” geographic regions similar to a Catholic diocese.

In addition, Anglican priest Andrew Bartus was officially ordained as a Catholic priest Tuesday, even though he is married and has a child. Like others joining the Catholic Church across the nation, his congregation will maintain distinctive elements of Anglican practices.

All told, about 70 members of both congregations were confirmed as Catholics at the ceremony.

“What a joy it is for me to be a part of this holy work today," Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson told the crowd. Referring to the New Testament's book of Ephesians, he said the newcomers were “no longer sojourners or travelers … you are citizens, like all the saints, members of God’s household.”

In the audience, Fred and Barbara Wood of Oceanside said they couldn’t wait for the times to catch up to them. They recently left the Episcopal Church earlier – where Fred was a deacon – and joined St. Margaret, a Catholic parish in Oceanside. They made the trip to San Juan because they knew many of the newly confirmed and wanted to show their support, they said.

With everyone together again, it felt “absolutely” like home, Fred Wood said.

In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI paved the way for reunification with willing Episcopalians. The U.S. Ordinariates were formed at the beginning of the year, and Tuesday’s Mass was the first of its kind for Orange and San Diego counties.

Although the media have reported conservative Episcopalians are joining Catholics as a response to liberal policies, such as allowing gay bishops and female priests, there was no talk of such issues at Mission Basilica on Tuesday.

Here is Msgr. Steenson's homily at the event, including the ordination of Fr. Andrew Bartus yesterday.

July 3, 2012: Msgr. Steenson's Homily at California Ordination and Reception

Becoming Men and Women of Communion

Thank you to Bishop Brown and Bishop Flores for your presence and support, as our brothers and sisters are brought into full communion through the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, and as Deacon Andrew Bartus is ordained to the sacred order of priest.  The Ordinariate depends on these collegial relationships with the local diocese, and I thank you all for your enthusiastic support for this work, so close to the heart of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.

Perhaps you will allow me to take a moment to breath deeply the air of this holy place.  One weekday morning some 20 years ago, I came from a nearby conference and sat quietly in this place to pray.  The breezes were blowing through the windows, the birds were singing, and I asked Fr. Junipero Serra for a prayer.  I was struggling with a vocational decision, whether to stand for an ecclesial office in the Episcopal Church.  It would have meant years of conflict in an ecclesial community undergoing profound changes.  And the answer that I was given here that day?  Be careful to do nothing that might take you further away from full communion with the Catholic Church.  You want this mission church to be your church: to be incorporated in its faith and life.  I cannot begin to tell you what a joy it is for me to be a part of this holy work today.

On this feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, who carried the Gospel to lands far off, as blessed Junipero Serra did here, this desire for authentic apostolic life continues to move the hearts of Christian people.  For those who are not in communion with the Catholic Church, this desire for apostolicity is certainly present as well — it just needs to be awakened and nurtured.  This important element in the mission of the Ordinariate is part of Pope Benedict's vision for the new evangelization.

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Holy See Approves First Ordinariate Liturgical Texts

For Immediate Release: July 3, 2012
Holy See Promulgates First Liturgical Texts for Ordinariates

The first liturgical texts approved for worldwide use by the Personal Ordinariates for former Anglicans have been promulgated by the Holy See.

The Order for Funerals and the Order for the Celebration of Holy Matrimony are to be used by the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the United Kingdom; the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter in the United States and Canada; and the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia.

The new liturgies replace existing texts, including those from the Book of Divine Worship. Drawn from the classical Anglican prayer book tradition, the texts incorporate elements of the Anglican patrimony now in the full communion of the Catholic Church.

Monsignor Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, noted, "This is an important moment in the development of our distinctive liturgical and ecclesial life. We saw the world stop to watch the Royal Wedding last year, now a very similar and beautiful liturgy is available for use in the Ordinariates of the Catholic Church — it is a great privilege for us to be part of that obvious working-out of practical, receptive ecumenism".

The liturgies were promulgated by the Congregation for Divine Worship on June 22, 2012, the feast day of the English saints of the Reformation, John Fisher and Thomas More. They will be implemented in accordance with local civil law requirements in the various nations, with immediate use in the United States and Canada.

"We welcome with gratitude these texts, which bring into Catholic liturgical life some of the most beloved and memorable texts in the Book of Common Prayer. These texts have blessed and comforted generations of English-speaking Christians and will be deeply appreciated in the Ordinariate communities," said Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, Ordinary for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter.

The new texts were developed under the guidance of Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia OP, who served until recently as the Secretary for the Congregation of Divine Worship. Archbishop DiNoia, now the Vice President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, has been re-appointed as chair of the Holy See's Anglicanae traditiones Commission tasked with developing the new liturgical texts for the Personal Ordinariates. The Reverend Uwe Michael Lang, CO, who also just stepped down from a post with the Congregation for Divine Worship, will also continue his role in the development of the texts.

Online:

Texts: www.usordinariate.org/ord_news_new_rites.html

Video interviews with Monsignor Andrew Burnham: www.vimeo.com/UKOrdinariate

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A Busy Weekend Heralding a Busy Summer for Ordinations

Here's the latest news from the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter and it's great to see how growth in the Ordinariate seems to be snowballing.  I wish all these men and their families and parishes every spiritual blessing in Christ.  Wonderful news:

Six Former Episcopal Priests in Fort Worth to Make Catholic History

Father and son are among 30 former Anglican priests being ordained nationwide
Six former Episcopal priests from the Fort Worth area, including a father and son, will become part of history when they are ordained Catholic priests together on June 30.
The six are part of the first ordination class for the new Catholic Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Based in Houston, the ordinariate is equivalent to a diocese, but national in scope. It was created earlier this year by Pope Benedict XVI for Anglican groups and clergy in the United States seeking to become Catholic while retaining elements of their Anglican heritage.
Fort Worth Bishop Kevin Vann will ordain the men as Catholic priests on Saturday, June 30, 9 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2016 Willis Lane, Keller, TX 76248. Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, head of the 0rdinariate, will participate.
 
[Media: for interview requests, please contact Susan Gibbs, 202-525-9554 and media@usordinariate.org; for Bishop Vann and for technical logistics at St. Elizabeth, please contact Pat Svacina, 817-996-9609 and psvacina@fwdioc.org.]
Nationwide, 30 Anglican priests are being ordained for the ordinariate this summer, in states as diverse as Maryland, Alabama, California and Iowa. Another 30 men will be ordained within a year.
Only three ordinariates exist in the world, in the United States, United Kingdom and, as of June 15, in Australia. The U.S. ordinariate is led by a former Episcopal bishop, Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson. In speaking about the ordinations nationally, Msgr. Steenson noted that the ordinations “mark a significant moment in the history of Catholic unity.”
Several of the men in Saturday’s ordination, including Chuck Hough, III, and Christopher Stainbrook, were involved in early reunification efforts with the Vatican that led to the creation of ordinariates. As Christopher Stainbrook noted, "When the Ordinariate was announced, I said that this is the best thing to happen to us since the reformation itself."
Among those being ordained are Charles Hough, III, and his son, Charles Hough, IV. They will be among a handful of father-son Catholic priests in U.S. history. A special exception has been given for the former Anglican priests who are married to be ordained Catholic priests for the Ordinariate.
Profiles
Mark Cannaday, 63, of Boerne, was an Episcopal priest for 36 years. A graduate of the University of Texas and University of the Incarnate Word, he received a Master of Divinity from the Seminary of the Southwest in 1975 and a doctorate in ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, IN. He held a number of positions in the Diocese of West Texas and the Diocese of Fort Worth, mostly recently as rector of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Midland, TX. He has been married for 43 years. He and his wife, Doris, have two adult children and three young grandchildren.
Charles Hough, III, 57, of Granbury, was an Episcopal priest for 31 years, including 18 years as Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth before he stepped down in September 2011 to become Catholic. A graduate of the University of Texas and Nashotah House Seminary in Wisconsin, he was rector of two parishes in the Fort Worth area from 1982 to 1993. He currently leads St. John Vianney Catholic Ordinariate Community, which meets at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Granbury, and is online at stjohnvianneycleburne.org. Married for 39 years, he and his wife, Marilyn, have two children and two grandchildren. Their son, Charles IV, also is being ordained.
Charles Hough, IV, 30, of Keller, was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2007 and was rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church until entering the Catholic Church in June 2011. He is a graduate of Texas A&M and received a Master of Divinity from Nashotah House Seminary. He served on the adult religious education staff at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller, Texas and, starting July 1, will be pastor of Our Lady of Walsingham Ordinariate Parish in Houston, Texas. Married for eight years, he and his wife Lindsay have two young sons.
Timothy Perkins, 57, of Arlington, was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1989 and received into the Catholic Church in September 2011. He holds degrees from Abilene Christian University, the University of Texas and Nashotah House Seminary. He served as a priest in the Episcopal dioceses of Northwest Texas, Louisiana and Fort Worth. In 2010, he founded St. Peter the Rock in Arlington, Texas, now a Catholic ordinariate community. The community celebrates Mass at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Arlington and holds prayer services at the UT Catholic Campus Ministry Center. Perkins and his wife of 37 years, Jody, have three children ages 19-30.
Christopher C. Stainbrook, 52, of Fort Worth, is a graduate of Allegheny College and General Theological Seminary, he was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1991. He served as chaplain for a girls' home in Las Vegas and then the senior curate at St. Vincent, Bedford, TX until 1994. He was the longest-serving dean (14 years) in the history of the Episcopal diocese and president of the National Council of the Catholic Clerical Union from 2003 to 2011. For 18 years, he led St. Timothy's Church in Fort Worth; the parish community became Catholic in May 2012 (Pentecost Sunday). St. Timothy meets at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and is online at www.sttimothyfortworth.org.
Joshua Whitfield, 34, of Mansfield, was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2003. He is a 1999 graduate of Texas Tech University and received bachelor's and master's degrees from the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, England. He went on to receive a Th.M. from Duke University in Durham, NC, where he studied under famed theologian Stanley Hauerwas. In 2009, Whitfield published a book, Pilgrim Holiness. He has served as a curate and rector in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. He and his wife of nine years, Allison, have two young children.
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English Wisdom: Triumvirate

Here's another contribution from former Our Lady of Walsingham parishioner, Vincent Uher.  This piece, for me at least, begs the question of when and how are we to see Governing Councils in the Ordinariates come to be.  Under Anglicanorum cœtibus, the Governing Council of a Personal Ordinariate has considerable sway, its approval necessary for a number of key pastoral decisions, such as erecting a new parish or advancing postulants to Orders.  These are unusual limits placed on the power of a Catholic Ordinary (and my only guess is that this was intended to be a nod to Anglican synodal government), but they are clearly mandated in the primary legislation and norms.  Presently, the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter is "governed" by the Ordinary, his assistant, Fr. Scott Hurd, and (truth be told) several "interested" Catholic bishops.

In England, at least, there has already been established some form of collegiality and aid to the Ordinary, Msgr. Newton.  It is this temporary arrangement which Mr. Uher addresses his latest piece and which we propose for our reflection.

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English Wisdom: Triumvirate

I think my family and friends in Britain have been blest greatly with a triumvirate at the head of your Ordinariate in Britain. While one must necessarily be appointed to make the final decisions, having a council of three at the top is a far better situation than having one leader in isolation. Even if in Britain this is more ad hoc than a canonical structure, I would hope this sort of triumvirate model would become the norm for the Ordinariates. Msgr. Newton has shown great, great wisdom through it.

Of course, it would be different in North America and in Australia. My family and friends in Australia might imagine the Ordinary being named and then two others raised up (as Monsignors of the Protonotary Apostolic or something like it) who would perhaps be former bishops in TAC, the Australian Anglican Church or former priests of the same. It would be incredibly wise to create from the marvellous incoming Church in Torres Strait such a Monsignor to serve in this triumvirate.

In North America it would make sense to create such a triumvirate under Msgr. Steenson as well. The territory is vast, and the Ordinariate is not the only expression of the Anglican Patrimony in the Catholic Church in North America. By way of example, a former Anglican Catholic bishop in Canada would make an excellent choice as another Monsignor with oversight for the Canadian deanery. And it would be prudent and very wise to make the senior pastor of the Pastoral Provision parishes also a Monsignor with similar oversight responsibilities among those in the Pastoral Provision but serving in concert with his brother in Canada and together with Msgr Steenson's leadership of the Ordinariate.

I offer these thoughts to my family and friends who are far more influential than I. No one seems much interested in what a lay hermit in Texas thinks of these things. So I entrust the ideas to you if they are worthy. The one thing that has become clear to me is that a single Ordinary with a Vicar General and an office assitant is an irreduceable minimum that should have been given more provisions for the journey by Rome. It is too small an organisational model to be effective with so great a missionary task.

I know some will say, But look here! In North America, the Ordinary has got health insurance for us this May. And look at all of the men being ordained through the training programme he developed. I am in no way trying to take away from these stellar achievements. One should applaud the Ordinary right heartily for being willing to take up a task where Rome provided no money and the USCCB offered no immediate help with Insurance from the get go. We see that as an historian and a scholar he is absolutely the right person for all of these tasks at the onset. There are other considerations though where he would be well served to have brothers — a Msgr. 'Canada' and a Msgr. 'Pastoral Provision' with which to work in this common mission.

What has developed in England from Msgr. Newton's excellent leadership and vision is clearly a model worth repeating. And it really is worth reapting everywhere an Ordinariate is established or where they might be a mixed situation like that in North America … say in India for example. My family in India have some very clear thoughts about these things, but sadly… and it is sad that this is the case across the board, there is only the most limited collaboration with the Laity in Christ of the Anglican Patrimony, a matter that should be corrected post haste. Bishops and priests don't make the Church. Jesus Christ and all of His Faithful make the Church.

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