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The Rite of Election figures have created no end of confusion. Here’s why

Is the number of people joining the ordinariate ‘close to 800′ or ‘an estimated 900′?

By on Wednesday, 16 March 2011

The Rite of Election at Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/

The Rite of Election at Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/

The release of the Rite of Election figures for England and Wales yesterday has created no end of confusion as it looks as though the numbers in the press release and in the report don’t tally. According to the press release, around 900 people will be received and registered into the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in Holy Week, including 61 Anglican clergy. In the one-page report, the tally of the column listing the numbers of ordinariate people taking part in Rite of Election ceremonies across England and Wales is 795, a far cry from the 900 people of the press release. So is it “close to 800 people” or is it “an estimated 900”?

A quick call to Clare Ward on the home mission desk clarifies the matter. She says that Fr Keith Newton, the leader of the Ordinariate, gave her the 900 figure as his estimate of the number of people who will be received and registered into the ordinariate in Holy Week as not all those joining the ordinariate took part in the Rite of Election ceremonies held at cathedrals across the country last weekend.

  • mrpants

    This article seems to be from the Tina Beattie school of “I don’t want them but I’m frightened to say so”.
    Please just give these brave and selfless people the truely Christian welcome they deserve, rather than the impression that they might not be the “right sort” for the modern church.
    I welcome them wholeheartedly and hope they will understand that articles that suggest otherwise do not represent the majority of Catholics.

  • Benedict Ambrose

    This would be a very useful clarification, but I think there is a typo in the last sentence, which I imagine is meant to conclude:

    “as not all the candidates [ ] took part in last weekend’s Rite of Election ceremonies held at cathedrals across the country.”

    I.e., the “who” is not meant to be there.

  • Anna

    @ Benedict Ambrose, Hullo, yes, there was a typo to which I was alerted last night and only changed a short while ago. Hope it’s cleraer now. Thanks for pointing it out.

  • Anna

    @MrPants Cf all my other articles about the Ordinariate.

  • Benedict Ambrose

    And thanks to you for the clarification.