Fr Stephen Smuts

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Ordinariate Censorship? Confidentiality? Or Covert Action?

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[Please don’t bite my head off again Deborah, these are just my simple observations.]

I read, with interest, a report by former ACCC priest [Fr] Michael Birch on the recent gathering in Houston as part of the formation program of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, that was posted by Deborah Gyapong on her blog, Foolishness to the World. Today, she has:

I have been asked to take the Houston post down


By Susan Gibbs, who handles communications for the Ordinariate.

The reason is possible sensitivities regarding individuals who attended the formation weekend who may be at different stages in the process.

I am happy to oblige as it is not my intention to spook anyone or get them in trouble with their present ecclesial superiors.

I hope my readers who have reposted my Houston posts will consider the sensitivities.

Wanting to join the Ordinariate has always be fraught with danger. One tends to run the very real risk of incurring the wrath of your current denomination (for lack of a better word). Compounding that risk is the possibility of being turned-down by the Catholic authorities that be. Look no further than the devastating consequences that a Catholic ‘no’ held, for example, say, Archbishop John Hepworth and Bishop David Moyer, who simply overplayed their hands!

Is this right? Is it right to be clandestine in your aspirations? Well, it may not be right, but it would certainly appear to be occupationally necessary, very necessary – in order to save your ecclesiastical hide, that is. Few and far between are the Churches who would wish their brethren wanting to leave any love or support. Even fewer (are there any?) are those who would welcome back stragglers, men who Holy Church measured, and found wanting in places. This is sad, I mean, for Christians… Actually, quite an indictment…

There were apparently some 69 candidates at the meeting in Houston, from throughout the United States and Canada, who are applying to become Catholic priests for the Ordinariate.

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December 5, 2012 at 16:41

Ordination Before Formation or Formation Before Ordination?

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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?


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August 13, 2012 at 19:51

Priestly Formation

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Fall in love, stay in love, so love decides everything…


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February 11, 2012 at 16:22


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