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May 11, 2012


Roman Catholics Launch Australian Ordinariate

From the Catholic News Agency:

Vatican City, May 11, 2012 / 04:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI will continue the expansion of the new Catholic Church structure created for former Anglicans by launching an ordinariate for Australia on June 15.

“I am confident that those former Anglicans who have made a journey in faith that has led them to the Catholic Church will find a ready welcome,” said Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, who serves as president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

Australia’s Anglican ordinariate will be called the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, under the patronage of St. Augustine of Canterbury. It will have the status of a diocese.

The ordinariate is intended for Anglicans and former Anglicans who wish to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while retaining some of their customs and liturgical traditions.

The Australian bishops have put in place procedures to help Anglican clergy and laity join the Catholic Church through the ordinariate, the bishops said May 11.

The ordinariate for England and Wales launched in 2011, while the U.S. ordinariate launched on January 1, 2012.

In England and Wales there are at least 40 ordinariate groups with 60 priests, the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham magazine The Portal reports. Several of its members are former Anglican bishops.

As of January, 1,400 individuals from 22 communities have expressed interest in joining, the U.S. ordinariate. About 60 current or former Anglican priests are preparing to be ordained Catholic priests for it, according to the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

The U.S. ordinariate will open its first parish in Scranton, Pa. this August.

Did you catch one line?

Australia’s Anglican ordinariate will be called the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, under the patronage of St. Augustine of Canterbury.

Talk about sticking the knife in.


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I wonder, do the other ordinariates have the status of diocese? I have not heard that they do.

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[1] Posted by Jacobsladder on 5-12-2012 at 01:00 PM · [top]

Not sure there are many Australian Anglo-Catholics who want to join. There are a couple of breakaway groups from the women priests era, such as TAC, but that has been such a mess I can’t see many from them going over. Also, within the Anglican Church the Anglo-Catholics haven’t been squeezed out to the same extent they have in the CofE or TEC. Some dioceses (e.g. Ballarat, Murray, Nth Queensland) are still strongly Anglo-Catholic.

[2] Posted by spicksandspecks on 5-13-2012 at 08:31 AM · [top]

The ordinariates are kind-of like dioceses, but they the territories are a lot bigger. They are also “personal” in that their membership is not by virtue of where a person lives, but by their tie to Anglicanism. They are also headed by an “Ordinary” who can be a bishop, but does not have to be a bishop. This means that if the Ordinary is not a bishop, he needs a bishop to ordain his men and consecrate the chrism once a year. But that’s about all the Ordinary cannot do. He has exclusive jurisdiction over his priests and his people, like a diocesan bishop does. The Ordinary also is a member of the national Conference of Bishops. So, while the status of the Ordinariate isn’t exactly like a diocese, it is very close to one.

[3] Posted by advocate on 5-13-2012 at 09:10 AM · [top]

Meh, let’em stick the knife in if they want.

It may prove a freudian slip, since St Augustine of Canterbury and his colleagues achieved very meagre results.  The conversion of pagan England was mainly due to the work of native anglo-saxon and british missionaries trained at the celtic centre of Lindisfarne in the north…. ;o)

Like spicksandspecks, I am really curious about who is going to join an Australian Ordinariate. I note that the article cites figures - for Britain and North America.  The TAC in Australia seems to be tiny, except possibly in South Australia. 

Perhaps the strongly anglo-catholic dioceses like The Murray or Ballarat are going to move over (although there has been no hint of it).  But if not them, then who?

[4] Posted by MichaelA on 5-16-2012 at 10:16 AM · [top]

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