Essays on unity faith and discipline

The one error in this article is to refer to “the Anglican Ordinariate.” It is true that the three Ordinariates set up under Anglicanorum coetibus were for those from the wider Anglican family (and that includes all sorts of Methodists as well as all sorts of Anglicans) who were seeking unity with Rome. It is also true that the setting up of the Ordinariate came as a result of a petition from a group of Episcopal clergy. Finally, it is true that there are some specifically Anglican prayers in Divine Worship: the Missal. But it is misleading to call this “the Anglican Ordinariate” for a number of reasons. First, it does include more than Anglicans. Second, the Ordinariate in the USA is a diocese that runs under the same canons, etc. as any other diocese in North America. Third, Divine Worship: the Missal is recognizably a version of the Roman Missal. I move back and forth weekly between the Third Typical Edition of the Roman Missal and Divine Worship: the Missal, and the similarities are more marked than the dissimilarities. And, fourth, virtually all of us who are ordained have dual faculties in both the local territorial diocese and the Ordinariate. I might add that Bishop Lopes functions as a Roman Catholic bishop with voice and vote in the USCCB and with authority over the clergy and laity that Anglican bishops could only wish for. We are Roman Catholics first and foremost with many of us having an Anglican heritage (my guess would be that at least half of those in the parish in which I serve were cradle Catholics of a variety of ethnic backgrounds). I am warmly welcomed by the parishes around where I live, especially when they can call on me as a supply priest. Cardinal DiNardo includes us in invitations to most of the events for the Archdiocesan clergy. We use the local seminary for several of our celibate candidates for the priesthood, and they are quite welcome (as am I as a vocations director). So we are the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. We were set up to make it easier for some people to “come home.” But in the end, we are a different flavor of the same ice cream, much as Hispanic masses and parishes are also a different flavor.

Essays on unity faith and discipline

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