Anglicans Going Catholic (Australia) Compass Programme

Okay, so yes, you’ve all seen it by now… I haven’t so I’ll spend the next half hour or so watching it. Hope it’s worth it…

The transcript is here.



Ordinariate for the Oxford Movement Minded?

Any thoughts on this quote, Tweeted today? And why would the Ordinariate not appeal to those, say of, an Evangelical persuasion? The desire to unity is a stong pull, generally. The offer is to Anglicans, on the whole, and they are after all, known to be a motley crew.


Australian History Being Made with the Launch of the Ordinariate

UPDATEFr Harry Entwistle named Ordinary

Australia Incognita:

Today is the official launch of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, which i under the patronage of St Augustine of Canterbury.

And it officially gets underway with the priestly ordination of former Anglican Bishop Harry Entwhistle, and reception into the

Church of around 70 members of his congregation, in Perth tonight at the Cathedral at 7pm.
So if you are in Perth, do go along and show your support.

Regardless, please keep all those preparing to enter the Church, and those being ordained, in your prayers.

Please pray also for those who have so far rejected the invitation to enter or return to the Church, that their hearts might yet soften.

And please do especially remember Bishop Peter Eliot, who has been the lead on this for the Church in Australia, and whose anniversary of consecration as a bishop it is today.



Bishop Peter Elliott: The Personal Ordinariate – An Historic Moment

The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne:

Pope Benedict XVI will officially name Australia’s Personal Ordinariate Our Lady of the Southern Cross, under the patronage of St Augustine of Canterbury, on 15 June.

Bishop Peter Elliott, project delegate for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said the name of the Ordinary, the person who will lead the Ordinariate, would also be announced that day.

“The Ordinariate is a national diocese for former Anglicans who will enter full communion with the Catholic Church and yet retain their own heritage and traditions,” Bishop Elliott said.

“Many requests had come from groups to Rome in recent years, that is from Anglicans in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, who were deeply distressed at the ordination of women as priests and bishops and also most unhappy about other liberalising trends in the Anglican Communion.

“They requested that rather than being reconciled to the Church individually they might come to some corporate style of arrangement.

“I would encourage all the Catholics in Melbourne to take an interest in this new venture. It is an historical moment, of course it is small but from small things bigthings grow and I think this will have a remarkable future.”

Two main sources will make up the Ordinariate in Australia: members of the Anglican Church in Australia, the official Anglican denomination; and members of the Anglican Catholic Church in Australia, which is part of the breakaway Traditional Anglican Communion—people who left mainstream Anglicanism for the same reasons that they are now seeking ull communion with the Church. “In Melbourne the Ordinariate community is drawn from several mainstream parishes and also from a small community of the Traditional Anglican Communion,” BishopElliott said.

“To these two main groups we can add their immediate relatives who may already be Catholic and there is a provision also for any Catholic who once was an Anglican, which is an interesting feature.”

He said they were not sure of the precise number of people likely to enter the Ordinariate at this stage.

“There are groups in every state who have been preparing for reconciliation; that is, taking special courses in the catechism of the Catholic Church. The numbers are not clear at this stage, in the next week they will be clarified as admission forms circulate.

“Anglicans will have a choice. They can either come in and be official members of the Ordinariate. Or they can become Catholics and associate with the Ordinariate. Or they are free not to have anything to do with he Ordinariate, it’s their choice.”

All Catholics will be able to attend Mass and receive the sacraments celebrated within an Ordinariate parish.

Bishop Elliott said that the challenges that faced the Ordinariate at present were finance and property.

“In some places a church is already available for the Ordinariate but in most Catholic dioceses a church will have to be shared,” he said.

“In Melbourne it will be the Church of the Holy Cross in South Caulfield.

“The Ordinariate is part of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church; it’s not a distinct rite. It will have the privilege of a liturgy of its own.

“I am a member of the international commission preparing that liturgy. We are preparing a liturgy which draws upon the Roman Rite, the new rite and the old, plus various books of Common Prayer. This liturgy won’t be obligatory but it will be an option.”

Bishop Elliott has been following the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in Britain closely.

“I am friends with the Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, and I was present at the first birthday celebrations at St James Spanish Place in January,” he said.

“It was a magnificent occasion, with a lot of optimism and hope. They have problems with sharing property with existing Catholic parishes but they are working these things through and generally they have had a very warm welcoming from the bishops and the lay faithful. I think it’s heading for about 100 clergy. It’s growing steadily in the UK.”

Bishop Elliott, who himself converted from the Anglican Church to Catholicism, said, “It’s very strange the providence of God in my own life here, in a way that deeply moves me.

“There have been negative critics who have said ‘pigs will fly’; well at the Melbourne Ordinariate group meeting [recently], I was solemnly presented with a cast-iron pig with wings and we all cheered.

“It will not do harm to ecumenism because if these people are not happy where they are and seek full communion, let them have it. I think that is the attitude of the official Anglican authorities with whom we have spoken.”

One thing is for sure, they are ready… and organised! And while the coming Ordinariate may not be big, they’re certainly prepared, and getting on with it.



At Last An Australian Anglican Ordinariate

A Catholic Jew Pontificates:

At last the establishment of the Australian Anglican Ordinariate has been announced. Earlier this week I was pleased to read in the “Record” that the Pope will announce the establishment of the Ordinariate on June 15 2012. It has been so quiet some of us wondered if it would ever happen. It did hit me as interesting that at a time when all the Catholic structures are collasping and under attack that we are now setting up a new structure. Often the church of the structure has unfortunately seemed distant from the Church of the Spirit so lets pray and hope that this structure will be a holy vessel for the church of the Spirit and truth.

The new ordinary has not been announced yet and I haven’t really seen or heard any hot gossip on who it will be. For myself I think Bishop Peter Elliot would make a great ordinary. Having a Bishop as an ordinary rather than a priest means that the Ordinariate can be more independent of the Roman structure with its very controlling bishops. Jesus said that in his Church one should not exercise authority as the Gentiles do by lording it over people. Unfortunately this command or advice of the Lord has been truly ignored by the hierarchy of the Church throughout most centuries. As a result we have a dysfunctional Church that is limping towards the Kingdom rather than soaring with the freedom of eagle’s wings to the Kingdom to Come.

I was reading about St Patrick’s evangelisation (or reevangelisation of Ireland) where he created 387 Bishops. The Celtic churches also had the Abbot (often lay Abbots) as the leader of the local Christian communities with the Bishops as treasured members of the community rather than the  ruling Lord. I once heard Bishop Entwistle of Perth mention this in one of his speeches and I hope this revival of a less lordly model of Christian leadership will blossom with the Anglican Ordinariates drawing on their Celtic heritage. Its time the Bishops were set free of wordly and secular concerns so they can truly be a spiritual pastor to the priests and the faithful.

The new Ordinariate is called the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross under the patronage of St Augustine of Canterbury…

I pray that Our Lady of the Southern Cross prospers this new endeavour for the glory of the Kingdom and I ask St Augustine of Canterbury to intercede for it’s spiritual growth and fruitfulness.