Up to 1 in 10 Roman Catholic Priests Are Former Anglicans (UK)

The Tablet: Up to one in 10 Catholic priests are former Church of England clergy, according to new figures. Professor Linda Woodhead, a sociologist of religion at Lancaster University and organiser of the Westminster Faith Debates, worked with the Catholic bishops’ vocations director Fr Christopher Jamison OSB to establish that 389 Catholic priests are former…

Pope Francis Prays for Success of Initiative to Convert Anglicans

The above heading caught my attention on the inimitable Fr Z’s blog: In the wake of the decision of the State tethered Church of England to have wyshyps (female bishops), the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham set up a “Exploration Day”. You know that the Ordinariate was created according to the provisions of Pope…

The Ordinariate on Women Bishops

From the Ordinary: In his statement on the C of E’s decision to allow women bishops, Monsignor Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the Catholic Church, only briefly comments on the decision itself. The main thrust of his message is to hold the door of the Ordinariate open…

Archdiocese for the Military Ordains two Ordinariate Priests for Service

The Anglican Use of the Roman Rite: The Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) is celebrating the Catholic priestly ordinations on Saturday of two United States military chaplains and former Episcopal priests, both entering the Catholic priesthood through the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, established by the Holy See in 2012 for former…

Anglican Priest, Flock Cross a Welcoming Bridge

In the Boston Globe: Before Mass on a recent Sunday, the Rev. Jurgen Liias stood in a cramped sacristy of a Catholic church with an acolyte and cantor and began a call-and-response prayer of preparation. Incense smoldered. The men thumped their chests in a gesture of contrition. The elaborate ritual would seem unusual to most…