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Kent parish makes first move towards Ordinariate

By on Friday, 15 October 2010

Kent parish makes first move towards Ordinariate

An Anglican parish in Kent has announced its intention of taking up the Ordinariate.

The churchwardens of St Peter’s Folkestone, which is in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s diocese, will approach their archbishop in the first step towards joining an ordinariate.

St Peter’s Folkestone falls under the pastoral care of the Rt Rev Bishop Keith Newton of Richborough, one of two “flying bishops” who are likely to be at the vanguard of an Ordinariate.

While many believe the move towards an Ordinariate is predominantly clergy-driven, the decision to take up the offer made to Anglo-Catholics by Pope Benedict in the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus at St Peter’s Folkestone came from a lay initiative.

The Parochial Church Council of St Peter’s Folkestone voted unanimously to approach Dr Rowan Williams about the move to take up the Ordinariate at the tend of September.

In the Church of England, the PCC acts as the executive body of a parish and consists of the parish priest, the churchwardens and elected representatives of the laity.

They issued a statement which said: “At its meeting on September 28th, the PCC of Folkestone St Peter unanimously requested the Churchwardens to approach The Archbishop of Canterbury, our Diocesan Bishop, in order to consult about the wish of the PCC and many of the congregation to join the English Ordinariate of the Catholic Church when it is erected.

“We are anxious that this should be made as easy as possible, not only for us, but for the diocesan family of Canterbury that we shall regretfully be leaving behind.”

There was no one available for comment from the parish.

Forward in Faith, the umbrella group for traditionally minded Anglicans holds its National Assembly this weekend.

  • Et Expecto

    Good luck to them. Are they asking the Archbishop of Canterbury whether they can take their church with them?

  • Jakian Thomist

    Wonderful! May our Lord bless them all!

  • Tiggy

    Wonderful news. May they be welcomed with open arms.

  • JCF

    Just vacate the Anglican premises on your way across the Tiber…

  • Vincenze

    I am emailing the Catholic Herald's subscription department to ensure they send the parish a couple of boxes of the new English translated Magnificat. It's all go…..the re-reformation (or as some Anglicans call it –the deformation).

  • Michael

    It's fortunate that religion means so much less today. It would be amusing to know what would have happened in past centuries to this self-regarding little band had they renounced the monarch as the head of their church and switched allegiance to a foreigner.

    It is still treachery, betrayal today – it just doesn't matter so much.

  • Giles

    Amusing to know they they might have been martyred in the sixteenth century? A 'self regarding little band'? If this is the sort of condescension Anglo-Catholics get from their mainstream brethren, then women bishops aren't the only reason to cause them to leave. As to a 'foreign allegiance', I suppose the countless Catholics who gave their lives for this country in two World Wars still makes us a bit iffy to that persistant strand of chauvinistic British No Popery types?


  • Joan

    What a sordid, selfish,hatefilled little faith catholicism is.

    Bye. Shut door on way out.

  • PaulMRyan

    Perhaps they are the (King)'s good servants, but God's first…?

  • Victorweston

    parishes that take up Pope Benedict's offer to join the Ordinariate should be allowed to retain the buildings in which they worship; its a matter of natural justice, and possession is 90% of the law!; arguably they are the continuing Anglicans, and the rest those who have departed from orthodoxy

  • Victorweston

    Michael, I have been an Anglican myself; I would ask you to try to empathise with how bereft many Anglicans have become with the tide of orthodoxy going out on them; these people are valiant Christian Catholics, like Newman, who are following Christ and the leading of His Spirit, please have some love in your heart and some understanding

  • Victorweston

    Of course they should take their church with them; it would be outrageous for the C of E to deny them that

  • Victorweston

    Joan I would assure you since I was received into the Catholic Church 18 months ago I have encountered only love kindness, friendship, support, a real commitment to fellowship (in the Spirit of the Love of G_d), outward looking, all embracing (inclusive), you have yet to discover that what you are judging is quite different from what you suppose

  • Tom

    Actually Michael, you`ve got it wrong end upwards. Henry V111 renounced the Roman Catholic Church because the spiritual leader of the Catholics (The Pope), wouldn`t let the King indulge his sexual appetite in the manner that he wanted, so he created his own state version based on Roman Catholicism. Catholics did not switch allegiance to a foreigner – it existed long before Henry V111 was even born.

    Really Michael, you should know more about the origins of the Church which I assume you belong to and a considerable amount more about Christian (Roman or Anglican), charity.


  • Fergus the Bruce

    Michael–”treachery and betrayal…” Henry VIII was treacherous and betrayed his faith just so that he could have a male heir and secure the House of Tudor. If religion is so unimportant today then why even bother to type your post? So many people are desperately searching for truth and are inspired by the likes of Newman.

    Joan—please consider this— they should be allowed to retain the buildings they are currently in– especially when one considers the plundering of Catholic churches by Henry et al.

  • Albert Conroy

    Allegiance to a foreigner? We Catholics have allegiance to God. Can you tell me Michael, what race does he belong to?

  • Liam

    Don't the people of this parish realise that most Roman Catholics in the UK are in suport of women priests?

  • Blb

    I would normally say that it would be outrageous if the Church allowed this band to keep the church property. However, given the price of upkeep and the fact that only 40 people attend the church regularly, let them keep it and try to maintain it without help from Lambeth. I doubt the Catholic Church needs more money losing assets like this.

  • The Rt Rev Damien Mead

    For Anglo-Catholics who wish to remain Anglican Catholics and not become Roman Catholics I venture to suggest they consider membership of my Diocese of the United Kingdom within the world-wide

    Anglican Catholic Church. Since 1978 (in the UK since 1992) we have offered a

    home for traditional Anglicans who cannot accept the majority of the modern changes and

    innovations that have taken place in their Churches.

    I really do wish only good for those Anglicans who do accept Roman Catholic teachings (including Papal Authority and Rome's position on Anglican holy orders) and become Roman Catholics.

    For those who cannot accept them, but who feel they also cannot remain in the Church of England, we offer an alternative.

  • Robert T

    Yes, they do but as Newman siad, ther wasa a time when most Chritians were Arians. The faith does not develop but a show of hands.

  • John Gerard

    Little Faith……. Check your history and come back. Anglicanism (excluding many fine Christian adherents) is a parochial schism based on the lust of a sexual deviant and mass murderer. Missing the Empire are we old girl?

  • Paul_mather1

    Pure conjecture Liam. And in any case, fortunately, the Catholic church isn't a democracy.


  • Liam

    I would suggest that the Faith develops by the actions and discernings of the laity.

  • Albert conroy

    In Christ there is no east nor west , in him no south or north, but one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth. Ring a bell Michael?

  • Et Expecto

    Where did you get this strange idea from, Liam?

  • PhilipH

    If it were possible, it would make far more sense to leave their existing church behind and share an existing Roman Catholic Church building – most are not used all the time even on Sunday. That would not only be financially much better (both congregations could share the costs), but it would give an opportunity for the Ordinariates and the ordinary RCs to meet and mix. They could even try out each other's services.