Some Reflexions on the Status Quo of the TAC
September 28, 2012 2 Comments
Over at Ordinariate Expats:
Now that the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Orlando, Florida, has joined the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, and that The Traditional Anglican Church in the UK has presentged a new website listing the few remaining parishes, the time has obviously come for an intermediate status quo.
The “Catholic Left” blog has posted first a list of TAC parishes and then a list of TAC clergy who have so far joined the Ordinariates worldwide and in Fr. Stephen Smuts’ and Deborah Gyapong’s blog postings of yesterday, 27th September, there is a sometimes very emotional debate in progress about the current state of the “rump” TAC.
I think we can fairly say that the first and major wave of TAC receptions into the Catholic Church is coming to a close. The current number of former Anglican Communion bishops (Monsignori Newton, Burnham, Broadhurst, Barnes and Silk) and former TAC bishops (Fr. Entwistle, Mgr. Mercer, Messrs. Reid, Wilkinson and Campese) who have joined Rome since Anglicanorum Coetibus has now reached a par at 5 to 5 (Msgr. Steenson from the Anglican Communion swam the Tiber several years previously). Bishop David Robarts (TAC) of Tasmania is still expected to join the Australian Ordinariate in the not too distant future.
Two of the former TAC bishops and current Catholic laymen (Carl Reid and Peter Wilkinson) in Canada are expected to be ordained Catholic priest on December 8th.
Two 0f the most prominent TAC bishops who have not decided to seek reception (Archbishop Hepworth and Bishop Moyer) have both been refused ordination in the Catholic Church because of clerical and marital irregularities. The case of Archbishop Falk, however, seems to remain a mystery. His former Vicar to the Ordinary, Tom Cairns, has been received into the Church but not yet as a member of the Ordinariate – he too is among those who have been refused ordination.