Potential US Anglican Ordinariate Waiting

A priest of the Archdiocese of Washington has told a Pennsylvania newspaper that the decision over whether to establish a personal ordinariate of former Anglicans in the United States is now in the hands of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

I wish I were able to offer a definitive timeline,” said Father Scott Hurd, who is assisting Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s delegate for the implementation of Anglicanorum Coetibus in the United States. “The decision is reserved to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and we are awaiting their decision.”

Father Hurd indicated that an affirmative decision is likely.

“A number of people have been motivated because they have experienced a widening chasm between their beliefs and the practices and policies of the Episcopal Church,” he added. “But really this is about the movement of the Holy Spirit leading these people. Instead of it being a rejection of something, it’s an embrace.”

The above news was here.

The whole thing makes me wonder, again (scroll down to the comments), if the entire  Ordinariate was more a ‘political’ decision by the Vatican than anything else.  In the UK, the Ordinarite has taken off with a bang and been the focus of such rapid development, attention and Catholic campaigning, but the above is simply not happening anywhere else (not only not in the US, but in many other places in the world too).

Anglicans all over are organising themselves and are (in many instances) eager to respond and follow the events of England and Wales, but not much is happening. The Vatican is rather silent. To my mind, it’s almost like stonewalling, while England flies. Why?

And please don’t tell me that they were not prepared for such a response. What was done in England could have (should have) been replicated elsewhere by now.  Unless, of course, the intent was, take back England all along. That’s really is the way it is beginning to look… But I could be wrong…


Not Many of You Should Be Bloggers

… While it may appear as though theological debate today is more polarized than ever, in fact it is perhaps as civil as it’s ever been. There are still charges of heresy here and there, but at least we’re no longer burning each other at the stake. There is occasional name-calling, but as Luther famously pointed out even Jesus and Paul were fond of coming up with clever names for false teachers.

I’m not attempting to defend mean-spirited, polemical debate. I’m just saying that it’s old news. The debates are still important, but what is even more important is how social media has changed the way those debates take place among everyday Christians…

Read on in Christianity Today.


Anglican Vicar and Tarts

Yes, Anglican:

A vicar who outraged his parishioners when he dressed as a ‘tart’ for a fundraising costume party has retired from the Church.

The Reverend Martin Wray left his position at St Lawrence the Martyr Church in Horsley Hill, South Shields, after being on sick leave for several months following his part in the charity bash.

The 59-year-old was photographed at the  ‘vicars and tarts’ party wearing a mini-skirt, gold leggings and high heels at the town’s Steamboat pub on the Mill Dam in August last year.

What was meant to be a fun event though caused a stir at the church, with some of the congregation believing the published photograph of the vicar as a ‘tart’ brought his  parish into disrepute. [No kidding?!]

But friends of Mr Wray, who entered into a gay partnership last May and who continues to live in the town, said the whole episode had ‘a whiff of homophobia’ about it.

Some of his congregation took offence at his participation in the event, claiming it reflected badly on the church and its members.  

He was not available for comment, but a friend said: ‘Yes, he has retired. He’s looking forward to a long and happy retirement.’  

Good riddance!

More here.