Ordinariate Clerics Likely to Take on Secondary Assignments, Coverage Duty in Latin-Church Dioceses
May 20, 2012 3 Comments
Writes Rocco Palmo - and he is someone who knows what he’s talking about:
… it’s worth noting that 2012′s largest ordination group for an ecclesial circumscription on these shores belongs not to any time-honored outpost, but the new kid on the block. Thanks to the recent establishment of the Anglican Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter and its unique circumstances, the nationwide entity comprising no more than a few thousand souls will welcome somewhere between 30 and 60 new priests over the remainder of this year as freshly-”Poped” Episcopal clergy are cleared for orders and commissioned following the new body’s Vatican-approved program of rapid, mostly online formation conducted by Houston’s St Mary’s Seminary and University of St Thomas.
As previously noted, the Chair’s first priestly ordination is slated to take place on June 3rd in South Carolina, with several others quickly to follow. Given the priest crunch in no shortage of US locales, the Ordinariate clerics — most of them married — are likely to take on secondary assignments or be sought out for coverage duty in the Latin-church dioceses where they reside. In exchange for the added manpower, at least several US bishops are pitching in to aid the priests and the Houston-based start-up alike by, among other things, providing health insurance and other benefits for their local Ordinariate clergy and their families.
The whole post is here. There’s also a homily by Archbishop Charles Chaput OFM Cap. posted. It’s always worth listening to that godly man.