Posts Tagged ‘Ordinariate’

Priest who had sham civil union with man returns to ministry

Friday, March 27th, 2015

A British Catholic priest who entered into a sham civil partnership with another man has been allowed to return to ministry. Fr Donald Minchew, who joined the Catholic Church through the ordinariate structure in 2012, went into a civil partnership with a Pakistani friend in 2008 to help him get a passport. When this was Read more

One twelfth of England and Wales priests used to be Anglican

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Up to one in twelve Catholic priests in England and Wales are former Church of England clergy, recent research shows. A study reported by The Tablet shows there are 389 Catholic priests who were once Anglican priests, with 87 being in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. It is estimated that there are 3000 Read more

Ordinariate priest in sham civil partnership to help migrant

Friday, March 28th, 2014

A high-profile Catholic priest has been suspended after an investigation found he was in a sham gay marriage to help a Pakistani immigrant stay in Britain. Fr Donald Minchew – a former Anglican who converted to Catholicism after attacking the Church of England’s loss of traditional values – admitted entering into a civil partnership as Read more

Missal for ordinariates includes Anglican and Roman material

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Elements of Anglican and Roman Catholic traditions are included in a new Holy See-approved Missal for the personal ordinariates for former Anglicans who have entered into full communion with Rome. The new liturgical rite includes material from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer — the 1662 text which became the main point of reference for Read more

Approved Catholic Mass, with Protestant words

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Something extraordinary is happening in English churches. Imagine you arrived at an unfamiliar church just as the service was starting and you heard: “Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid…” Right, you’d think, CofE, Book of Common Prayer. But this is the beginning of Read more

Australia’s first Personal Ordinariate to be established

Friday, May 18th, 2012

The personal ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, under the patronage of St Augustine of Canterbury, will be established on June 15. It will be Australia’s first. A Personal Ordinariate is a church structure for particular groups of people who wish to enter into communion with the Catholic Church. In 2009 Pope Benedict Read more

Pope makes personal donation to Ordinariate

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has personally donated US$250,000 (£150,000) to support the ordinariate for former Anglicans, which is struggling to finance itself. Of the group’s 60 clergy some are retired but others still have young families to support. Mgr Keith Newton said he was “very grateful” for the Pope’s support. “This gift is a great help Read more

More Anglicans leave Church of England for Rome

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

On Wednesday, the 26-strong choir of St James the Great will sing for the congregation as they have always done during Holy Week.

But this week they will do so a mile down the road in St Anne’s Roman Catholic church, their new home.

Led by Fr Ian Grieves, the priest at St James in Darlington for 23 years, 58 parishioners will formally join the Ordinariate, the body set up by the Pope for disaffected Anglicans.

They are not alone: this week across England, 200 Anglican worshippers and 20 clergy will cross over to Rome.

Many are frustrated by the Church of England’s move to appoint women bishops.

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US Catholic church formalises Anglican conversions

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Anglicans in the United States who want to become Roman Catholic will have a formal structure to oversee the conversion starting New Year’s Day.

Catholic Cardinal Donald Wuerl announced Tuesday the equivalent of a diocese for converts who want to retain some of their Anglican heritage.

The new body will be called the Anglican Ordinariate for the United States. It follows an unprecedented invitation from Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 for Anglicans to join the Catholic Church in groups or as parishes. Formerly, converts were accepted on a case-by-case basis.

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Ordinariate blogger shut down

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Former Anglican minister John Hunwicke — received into the Catholic Church during Holy Week — has temporarily closed down his blog following news his ordination as a priest in Britain’s ordinariate has been “deferred.” “I think I had better share with my friends the distressing news that my ordination within the Catholic Church has been “deferred”, the Read more