The following comes from a July 12 EWTN story.
Demonstrating the role of Anglican Ordinariates in the new evangelization, baptized Catholics can now join the groups set up for Anglican converts, according to a change in rules made by Pope Francis.
Those who were baptized Catholic but have not received Confirmation and First Communion are now allowed to join the ordinariates. Previously, baptized Catholics were not eligible to join the groups unless they had family who were ex-Anglicans.
“This confirms the place of the Personal Ordinariates within the mission of the wider Catholic Church, not simply as a jurisdiction for those from the Anglican tradition, but as a contributor to the urgent work of the New Evangelisation,” the United Kingdom’s ordinariate announced July 9.
Taking its cue from the late John Paul II, the new evangelization is the common term for bringing the Gospel to formerly Christian nations, and can be seen in the new outreach to people who were baptized as Catholics but who never completed the process of Christian initiation.
Benedict XVI allowed for the groups to be set up with his 2009 apostolic constitution “Anglicanorum coetibus,” which provided for ordinariates, or Anglican communities wishing to enter into the Catholic Church.
His “complementary norms” governing the groups said that “those baptized previously as Catholics outside the Ordinariate are not ordinarily eligible for membership, unless they are members of a family belonging to the Ordinariate.”
On May 31, Pope Francis modified the complementary norms, adding a section which says that “a person who has been baptized in the Catholic Church but who has not completed the Sacraments of Initiation, and subsequently returns to the faith and practice of the Church as a result of the evangelizing mission of the Ordinariate, may be admitted to membership in the Ordinariate and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation or the Sacrament of the Eucharist or both.”
It was emphasized that Catholics must meet the objective criterion – lacking at least one of the sacraments of initiation – to join the groups for former Anglicans, and they may not join “for purely subjective motives or personal preference,” according to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
In addition to the U.K.’s Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, there are also ordinariates in North America and Australia.
“I certainly welcome this development, which further establishes our place in the work of the new evangelization,” said Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson, ordinary of the Chair of Saint Peter, in North America.
“Particularly in North America, with large percentages of ‘unchurched’ peoples, it is inevitable that we will encounter those who have no formal ecclesial relationships but who are seekers of truth,” he added in his statement.
“The Great Commission thus becomes more and more the heart of our work.”
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So, is the Anglican Ordinariate like a leper colony to other Catholics who might want to attend a Mass there?
I do believe you can attend Masses at the Anglican Ordinariates. I think you can even switch, but just as it is for all of the other Churches within the One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, those Churches cannot recruit for members in the other Churches. Hope this clarifies the situation.
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
“those Churches cannot recruit for members in the other Churches”: bureaucratic red tape used for bundling the money
“those baptized previously as Catholics outside the Ordinariate are not ordinarily eligible for membership, unless they are members of a family belonging to the Ordinariate
Well, if you must have your cake, there is always the traditional latin liturgy, you are not required to change rites to go there.
What is the point of the restrictions?
Got to love him!! A JESUIT Pope, wonderful, I sleep better now!!!
TEM, you sleep too much as it is; wake up and smell the incense.
There is no point, as far as I can see. There are far fewer for those who go to Eastern Rite churches. At one point, when a Roman Catholic wants to be in the Eastern Rite, he or she needs to get permission from the bishop, and they become Eastern Rite Catholic. At one time, I got very, very sick of the “Happy Clappy” liturgies in San Diego and regularly went to a Ruthenian Catholic parish and was delighted by the reverence of their liturgy which was also a full-on celebration without the hootenanny that goes on in many Roman Church parishes. The percussion instruments got to me, none worse than the tambourine. I wanted to make it into a necklace for the one banging it incessantly. Offensive, very offensive.
Indeed, the special restrictions on the Anglican Ordinariate do seem very odd. One wonders whether Rome fears some sort of mass (Mass) exodus.
Ted, you should read your Bible. It says we should use tamborines to worship God
Bob One, no, the Bible does not say we should use tambourines or dance during Mass. That was done outside the ancient Jewish liturgy. You bureaucrats and your committee mentality really hamstring your intellects, Bob One. Read St Paul about not making a fuss during Mass, ie party in a different venue, but not during Mass. How do you face yourself each morning, Bob One? Are you not embarrassed at your dullness?
I’m sure Bob handles it the same way you do your single-digit IQ—by not being aware of it.
Sounds like Bob One uses the MSU method to compose what he posts.
Having any restrictions in place is ludicrous. Any Catholic at any state should be permitted to not only attend regularly but transfer rites easily within the One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church. If we are indeed one and all rites share co-equal status then there can be no spiritual separation and imposing a physical one is harmful – spiritually, doctrinally and philosophically. It makes Rome appear as dictator over lesser colonies. Which is in opposition to Orientele Lumen.
Those who Catholics who join the Anglican Ordinariates ARE ROMAN CATHOLICS. There is no “rite change” as there is when a Roman Catholic transfers to an Eastern Catholic church.
What’s next — a Swiss Ordinariate?
It seems like our beloved Catholic Church is getting divided into more and more subcategories…
A Swiss Ordinariate?
Such an idea is full of holes… :)
I have family members living in rural areas, where perhaps they might be able to go to a church of the new Anglican Ordinariate. They have expressed interest. Better than a weird, apostate, immoral, regular Catholic parish, that breaks your poor heart constantly, it’s so bad!! Over a long lifetime, it is so very hard, to put up with this evil situation, in our Church!! Especially if few options are available!! The traditional Anglican liturgy is very beautiful, and respectful of God. It would be hoped that in this new Ordinariate, one would also have Benediction and Adoration devotions available, too, as well as the Rosary! Also, all the traditional Holy Days of Obligation, most of which are Feasts of Our Lady, whom we love!! I would also hope the new Anglican-Catholic priests and laity, would be very excellent, too! There is a big problem– because if you do change to another branch of our Church– and then, by chance, you have to move away, and select new options for church attendance– you may be in a very difficult situation!! What if you have already switched to the Anglican Ordinariate, and then you move away, with no options left, as these parishes are few and far between?? What a shame!! Then, if you find a truly excellent parish church in your new area, maybe even also the beautiful Tridentine Mass– well, what do you do, but mourn your temporary change?? So tragic!! And all my family members of course– are “cradle Catholics,” with all the Sacraments, lifelong, practicing their Faith in a Church that constantly seems to betray them!!
“Better than a weird, apostate, immoral, regular Catholic parish, that breaks your poor heart constantly, it’s so bad!!”
Well, there you have it.
I guess those of us who are “stuck with” regular Catholic parishes are just second class citizens…
Unless of course we adopt a snooty British accent.
I think the Anglican Use was meant to be tempory, but because of the beautiful English and reverence used in it, perhaps the Holy Father has decided to let other English speaking people take more part in it.
Odd as it seems the High Anglo-Catholic Masses are more Roman and Catholic than many and I mean many Novus Ordonarian services, very sublime with Elizabethan English, chant, incense, stunning vestments, Latin hymns, kneeling at the communion rail, wow just like we were before that thing called Vatican II.
Anyone using a nasty slur like “Novus Ordonarian services” to describe the Ordinary Form of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is one to be pitied and not taken seriously.
Rodda, “slur” is in the mind of the beholder … it’s your deeper self speaking to you.
That is a correct term for anyone who attends an N.O. service, just as i would be called an Traditionalist for attending the “Mass of All Times.” No slur is intended just telling the truth.
The primary mission of the Ordinariate is the reconciliation of Christians coming from the Anglican tradition who are seeking full communion with the Catholic Church. Catholics who are fully initiated into the Catholic Church have no need nor are they able to switch. A Catholic who has not received all the Sacraments of initiation may become a member of the Ordinariate if they are the ones who have evangelized them.
It appears to me that the Anglicans, remaining outside the orbit of Rome, were spared the devastations visited upon the rest of us by the second Vatican council. I have never been in an Anglican church, so I can speak with no authority, but I doubt if they were obliged to vulgarize and cheapen their liturgy with banalities of the kind we were afflicted with by the modernizers and tinkerers that have so badly damaged our devotional practices. Let’s hope the Anglicans NEVER adopt the novus ordo missae!
You’re not trying to compare heresy with VC2? Really?
First there was the Vatican II – ization of the Church, and now Rodda is pushing for the Las Vegas – ization of the Church.
Good insight, Anton! Explains why the Anglican rite pastors would want to hold the non-Anglican hordes at bey.
The Anglicans (or Episcopalians, as we call them in this country), DID fall into all kinds of weird stuff!
Don’t forget those Anglican priests even giving communion to dogs, as we learned in The Wall Street Journal:
“For the first time in 10 years, Mary Wilkinson went to church one Sunday in January. She sat in a back pew at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Stamford, Conn., flipping through a prayer book and listening intently to the priest’s sermon. What drew Ms. Wilkinson back into the fold was a new monthly program the church introduced — Holy Communion for pets. As part of the service, the 59-year-old retired portfolio manager carried her 17-year-old tiger cat to the altar, waited in line behind three panting dogs to receive the host and had a special benediction performed for her cat, Purr Box Jr. ‘I like that the other parishioners are animal people,’ Ms. Wilkinson says.”
One who attends a so called Roman Catholic Mass with giant puppets, dancing girls in leotards, dancing nuns around a table with incense bowls i.e. the Taj Mahony cathedral, hand holding, clapping, kissing, lay lectors, altar girls, drums, guitars, banjos, accordians, rock music, mariachi music, polka music, Protestant hymns, well that is what I called not to be taken seriously. Try attending the Mass of All Times, with Gregorian chant, kneeling at the communion rail and recieving our Lord on the tounge, silence, organ music, holy priests and only altar boys, stunning vestments, a central cruicfix, six candles, central tabernacle, that is called The Roman Catholic Mass!!!
In the Anglican Use Mass everyone faces East, toward Christ the Sun of God — the crucifix, including the priest as is done in the Extraordinary Mass (Traditional Latin Mass). As far as I know every Catholic can attend such a Mass, but they just cannot join that ordinariate, except within the restrictions. So if you speak English and want a more reverent Mass, just go and enjoy the Anglican Use Mass if there is no other such Latin Rite Mass in your area. Some Anglican Use Masses use the Elizabethan English, but most such Anglican Use churches use a modern version of the Elizabethan English, similar to what a modern version of the Traditional Latin Mass English interpretation would be.
That is if there is an Anglican Use Catholic church in your area.
I should have said that most Anglican Use Catholic churches use the modern version of the Elizabethan English ALSO, along with the older version. In other words, I think such churches have one Mass in the older version and another Mass in the more modern version. At least they do in their liturgical books.
Roman Catholics practicing traditional Sacraments, the TLM, rites, rubics, devotions, and doctrine, the only reason that this article should bother us is the further erosion and diluting in the catholic faith of our modern friends and neighbors. As for we and our homes, we must and will continue to serve the Lord in the manners He has prescribed. Peace to all and please pray the rosary for world-wide conversions growth in the Roman Catholic Faith.
This is a faithful Catholic website. You have left the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church for a sect called Roman Catholicism with a false bishop who answers to no one. Thanks for your concern. We are more concerned for you.
One of the things I love in the Traditional Mass in my area is the use of the seven-branched candle holders. It is straight out of the Book of Revelation.