Archbp. Nichols about the upcoming ordination of former Anglican bishops

I found this on the site of The Catholic Herald:

A Statement from Archbishop Vincent Nichols
President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales


On Saturday 15th January, it will be my privilege to ordain John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham and Keith Newton to priesthood in the Catholic Church. This ceremony will take place in Westminster Cathedral.

On or before this date, I expect the Holy See to announce the establishment of the first Ordinariate for groups of former Anglicans and their clergy who seek full communion in the Catholic Church. The three men ordained on Saturday will be the first priests of this Ordinariate.

This is a unique moment and the Catholic community in England and Wales is privileged to be playing its part in this historic development in the life of the Universal Church.

We offer a warm welcome to these three former bishops of the Church of England. We welcome those who wish to join them in full communion with the Pope in the visible unity of the Catholic Church. We recognise the journey they are making with its painful departures and its uncertainties. We salute their depth of searching prayer and the desire which leads them to seek to live within the community of the Catholic Church under the ministry of the Bishop of Rome. This is the faith we share.

We are deeply grateful for the depth of the relationship which exists here between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. This firm, positive and on-going relationship is the context for Saturday’s important initiative. We are grateful, too, for the sensitive leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury. He graciously acknowledges the integrity of those seeking to join the Ordinariate and has assured them of his prayers. This is the noble spirit of true ecumenism between the followers of Christ.

Pope Benedict has made clear his own intentions: that the Ordinariate can serve the wider cause of visible unity between our two churches by demonstrating in practice the extent to which we have so much to give to each other in our common service of the Lord. With this in mind he describes this step as ‘a prophetic gesture.’

With great trust in the Lord, we look forward to Saturday, to the new phase of Church life it brings and we ask God’s blessing on its future development.

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  1. RichR says:

    Glad to see they aren’t sweeping it under the rug and holding a private ceremony with an obscure bishop ordaining. The primate of England conferring the Sacrament of Orders in a highly publicized ceremony says one thing loud and clear: “We are unashamedly Catholic.” In ecumenical dialog, you’re counterparts can take you seriously only when you take yourself seriously.

    Kudos to Abp. Nichols!

  2. irishgirl says:

    Wonderful news, indeed!
    I’m cheering from ‘across the pond’!

  3. God bless these men, and God bless the Ordinariate!

  4. Supertradmum says:

    Praise God. I think this and the Pope’s visit are the beginnings of the answers to years of prayers to Our Lady of Walsingham to bring the “Dowry of Mary” back to the Church. This is so exciting.

  5. Marg says:

    I would love to see the ordinations…does anyone know if the ceremony will be televised?

  6. jaykay says:

    “does anyone know if the ceremony will be televised?”

    Marg: I somehow cannot see the Beeb or the independent companies queuing up to get the rights to this. It’s just not big enough, really, reflecting the diminished position of the C of E in UK society generally. Apart from that religion is to them pretty marginal at the best of times, unless it’s to be mocked or otherwise subverted, of course. Besides, this sort of story hardly fits their overall worldview anyway i.e. deluded neo-conservatives leaving the embrace of fuzzy whatever-you’re-having relativism for the uber-evil clutches of the anti-liberal, dogmatic, fascistic (all the same thing, in their eyes) Catholic Church. It’s just bad news to them.

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