Field of Dreams: if you build it, they will come!

More on the Ordinariate
August 9, 2010, 9:11 am
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Looking around the blogs, I detect some impatience that nothing concrete is yet known about the establishment of an Ordinariate in this country. I suspect this impatience is found mostly among those who expect to find a running commentary on progress in the daily newspapers. For reasons I have explained before, we cannot expect to hear anything publicly until the Holy Father has been and gone. The northern and southern Sacred Synods will also have to meet, in the latter part of September. In his August and September Pastoral Letters, the Bishop of Ebbsfleet has commented pungently on the proceedings of the July Synod. At the end of his September letter (now on line on the Ebbsfleet website), he says, “Some of you will now be asking why I am picking at the carcase rather than just declaring it dead and moving on to embrace the offer of Pope Benedict XVI to Anglicans in Anglicanorum cœtibus. The Pope’s offer is not a bargain basement sale. It isn’t ‘clearance’ or ‘end of roll’ or ‘while stocks last’. Nor is it a rescue plan for shipwrecked Anglo-catholics. It is a way of pursuing the ecumenical journey to which we have been committed for a very long time and it must be considered in its own right. That I propose to do in a third Pastoral Letter in October, the third in a series of letters. Meanwhile I think we continue to pray, reflect, and rest, and, of course, ponder and reflect during the visit of the Pope to England later in September, what we should now do, each one of us.” I for one cannot wait to hear what he will say in October.

Meanwhile, our “Newman Group” in and around Bristol continues to grow. Please get in touch if you would like to know more about it.


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