The Diocese of Lancaster – England has a very helpful article up on The Ordinariate:
It has a background to the Apostolic Constitution, as well as more on the nature of the Ordinariate self. Where matters stand for the Ordinariate in England and Wales, Australia and the USA are also covered. Very nice pics too.
Check it out here.
Twitter users invited to help choose the new Archbishop of Canterbury.
How progressive. The Telegraph:
Having wrestled with the best way to choose a new leader, the Church of England has decided to use the social networking site Twitter. It will also seek the views of people of all faiths and none, from the Chief Rabbi to Professor Richard Dawkins.
For the first time in history, the long and usually private process will begin with a widespread public consultation, to be finished by the end of May.
The Crown Nominations Commission, which must present the Prime Minister with two possible successors to Dr Rowan Williams, will also ask for contributions from “senior figures in other faiths, the secular world and the life of the nation”.
A spokesman for the Church of England said the invitation would be made through the church press but also through other media including the social networking site Twitter, where the CofE already posts news in nuggets of 140 characters or less. Tweeters and others will be asked to offer names and “views on the needs of the diocese of Canterbury and the wider community”.
This would appear to be good news for the candidates known to be active on Twitter.
The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Justin Welby has 562 followers; the Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Rev Nick Baines, has 3,953; and the early front-runner for the job, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has 21,558.
One of Dr Sentamu’s most recent posts was to point out that the flag above his palace, Bishopthorne, was being flown at half-mast “to remember our brave soldiers killed in Afghanistan”.
Meanwhile, the latest attempt by Dr Williams to heal divisions within the worldwide Anglican Communion was effectively killed off yesterday…
Today’s episode brought to you by the Diocese of Eastern Oregon:
When Diocesan Council and Standing Committee met online March 10, members ratified EDEO’s Open Table resolution, to be presented at General Convention 2012. “Be in resolved…that The Episcopal Church ratify the rubrics and practice of The Book of Common Prayer to invite all, regardless of age, denomination or baptism to the altar for Holy Communion.” The resolution also calls for deleting from the Church’s Constitution and canons the line saying that “No unbaptized person shall be eligible to receive Holy Communion in this Church.”
Now, I’ve generally understood “open table” to mean that baptized Christians, across certain denominations, are welcome to take communion in each other’s churches (Roman Catholics conspicuously excluding themselves). For example, a baptized Lutheran is welcome at the Episcopal table, and so on.
So calling this “Open Table” is either ignorance, or subterfuge, on the part of the Diocese of Eastern Oregon. Neither is beyond theological liberals, but I suppose we’ll have to wait for more explanation from DEO before we know which it is.
What we’re talking about here, though, is completely different. This is a resolution to delete from the Church’s constitution and canon the requirement that “No unbaptized person shall be eligible to receive Holy Communion in this Church.” In other words, if this resolution passes, then the official position of the Episcopal Church regarding the Holy Eucharist is that one not need be baptized into the faith to partake of its most holy sacrament.
On the one hand, this seems like small potatoes compared to everything else we’re dealing with as liberals assault the faith and conservatives roll over: Once you call homosexual behavior a holy thing, and lock arms with abortionists and call what they do “a blessing,” then giving communion to the unbaptized seems like small potatoes, right? After all, we know that dozens, perhaps hundreds, of Episcopal churches do this all the time, so it’s not as if passing this resolution will actually change anything in the church, right?
Read on here.
Lest you forget, there is something called Anglicanorum Coetibus, so that at the day of judgement, Episcopalians can really be without excuse.