Ordination Before Formation or Formation Before Ordination?

Asks Deborah Gyapong:

Maybe some of my informed readers can help me out on this.  Are there different policies concerning the formation of incoming Ordinariate clergy, depending on the country?

For instance, in the United States, what has been the length of time required ahead of ordination for clergy?  In the United Kingdom?  In Australia?

Maybe someone from this side can help answer? To do so, click here.

Btw. on the above thread, Peter Karl T. Perkins observes:

I’ve noticed that the four men to be ordained for the Australian personal  of the Southern Cross on 8th September, the Feast of the Nativity of our Lady, are all recent members of the Anglican Church of Australia.  Not one of them hales from the TAC.  I am wondering how many Australian TAC priests have received the nulla osta and when they will be able to enter formation programmes leading to ordination.  In Canada, only two priests from the Canterburian Anglican Church of Canada have entered the American Ordinariate.  As it happens, they are the only two to have been ordained as Catholic priests so far: not even one of the former TAC priests has been ordained as a Catholic priest.

The Mass at Perth as reported on this blog was just the Novus Ordo with two short prayers thrown in from the Anglican patrimony.  Now we find that the clergy, apart from Msgr. Entwistle, will be all non-TAC clergy at first.  I am beginning to wonder how much the Australian Ordinariate will resemble the Australian TAC.  Will the two have anything in common at all?


One thought on “Ordination Before Formation or Formation Before Ordination?

  1. In Australia there has been a deliberate policy of making the transition as smooth as possible. Lay formation was left in the hands of their own clergy, with appropriate books, and clergy formation will consist of a week’s retreat and crash course and ongoing courses in prescribed subjects. In addition, there are no ‘sacramental fasts’ or other nonsense for the laity. They go from Mass I one jurisdiction one Sunday to Mass in the other the next. Credit for this sensitive treatment of folk must go where it is due, and while I have in recent times been caused to have second thoughts about the process and personalities, as well as the ‘product’ to be delivered, I am happy to acknowledge Bishop Elliott for having remained both faithful to the letter of Anglicanorum Coetibus and alive to the sensitivities of those taking the step, as well as for his confidence in the catholicity of the clergy. There. I hope I don’t get anyone in any trouble with that.

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