THE P RTAL Perhaps, and perhaps I write in ignorance, the
Ordinariate should work to make itself better known to Catholics. I am sure, although there will always be exceptions, it will receive a welcome. Te popular Catholic press seems to do its best and reports regularly on your news.
I am sure the Holy Spirit will guide you,
Fred Beddow Shewsbury
Treatment of the Ordinariate Lent is almost upon us. May I reflect on the
situation since Lent last year? It appears to me that, as an Ordinariate layman, the Church in England and Wales has treated the Ordinariate most shabbily.
Te Church in England and Wales faced a difficult
manpower shortage. Te creation of the Ordinariate offered a way out of this problem. At one go 60 priests became available, without even the cost of training them. Unfortunately the price was the lay-people that came with the priests. At the parish level we have received a whole-hearted welcome: the problem seems to lie in the higher reaches of the Church in this country.
Ordinariate priests are increasingly used to provide
replacements for vacant parish clergy posts, oſten leaving their Ordinariate groups to flounder. Tis appears to flout the intentions of the Holy Father. It very much seems that it is hoped that Ordinariate laypeople will dissolve into their local congregations.
New English Hymnals Te small Ordinariate Group based in Ipswich
are in need of about 30 copies of the New English Hymnal. Is anyone aware of second hand copies surplus to requirements in any Anglican or Catholic parish. Please contact me if you are able to help.
David Banister firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Ordinary’s Diary for March 2012
The Right Revd Monsignor Keith Newton 6 Mellish Gardens, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 0BH Tel: 020 8505 7259 Fax: 020 8504 3349 Email: email@example.com
1030 Formation Programme Allen Hall 1030 Ordinary’s Council East Hendred
10 1200 Preach, Order of St Lazarus Investiture, Guards Chapel, London
11 1730 Mass Cornwall Group, St Augustine’s Church, St Austell
Monsignor John Broadhurst
19 Spencelayh Close, Wellingborough, Northants NN8 4UU Tel: 010933 674614 john.br
14 1115 Finance Council, Eccleston Square 15 1930 Lent Course, Our Lady Immaculate, Chelmsford 19 1130 Anniversary Celebrations, St Joseph’s Cathedral; Swansea
20 1030 Formation Programme Allen Hall 24 1200 Flame Congress, Wembley Arena
Monsignor Andrew Burnham Tel: 01235 835038
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Catholics nor yet cradle Catholics. In this country, unlike the USA, there are no Anglican Use parishes, so there seems to be no way of expressing the ‘Anglican patrimony’.
Again, unlike the USA Ordinariate, we don’t have
a main church - the Solemn Evensong in January at Spanish Place showed how much one is needed. We are the non-jurors of our time, doomed to disappear in less than a generation. I very much regret having to express these misgivings but this how it seems a year down the road - the high hopes we once had have been dashed. Our Ordinary and Ordinariate priests may not feel able to express these opinions but I hope this ‘man in the pew’ can.
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