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Pope makes former Anglican bishops monsignori

By on Thursday, 17 March 2011

The three former Anglican bishops at their ordination to the priesthood in January (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The three former Anglican bishops at their ordination to the priesthood in January (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The Pope has honoured three former Anglican bishops, the first members of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, with the title of monsignor.

Fr Keith Newton, the leader of the Ordinariate who has most of the functions of a bishop, has been granted the papal award of Apostolic Protonotary, the highest ecclesial title for non-bishops. Fr Andrew Burnham, the former Bishop of Ebbsfleet, and Fr John Broadhurst, the former Bishop of Fulham, have been granted the papal award of Prelate of Honour, and are therefore also monsignori.

The three men became the first clergy of the world’s first personal ordinariate set up for groups of former Anglicans as a result of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus in January.

Groups of former Anglicans will be received into the Church in Holy Week and the priests for the ordinariate will be ordained around Pentecost.

The ordinary expects that about 900 people will become members of the ordinariate in Holy Week, including 61 members of the clergy. A majority of the laity entering the ordinariate took part in Rite of Election ceremonies across the country last weekend.

Fr Newton said: “I am really delighted by the numbers of Anglican laity who have begun the journey into the full Communion with the Catholic Church in Holy Week. It has not been an easy journey for many but I know they will be greatly blessed. The Rites of Election (or Enrolment for ordinariate members) around the dioceses marked a very moving and important part of the journey so far.”

  • Anonymous

    God bless the monsignori, clergy and laity of the Ordinariate.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TLEOAKMJBTOACXJNBLSV6LFTCI tommo

    Excellent news – much deserved.

  • Benedict Ambrose

    Marvellous. Laus Deo, gratias Benedicto.

  • Peter Bolton

    Why has Andrew Burnham not been given the same honour as the other two? Seems a bit unfair to me!

  • W Oddie

    I agree; it seems inexplicable.

  • Peter Bolton

    I wonder whether HH wanted to acknowledge that Broadhurst is senior in (Anglican) Episcopal Orders.

  • Sibling

    wonder how happy existing long serving RC monsignori are about this….

  • Peter Bolton

    Or long serving priests who have NOT been given this honour!

  • JPJT

    Maybe they should consider a different job if they’re not happy with the perks of serving Jesus Christ and His servant Peter.

  • Mike Smith

    I am truly please for these three monsignori

  • Jorge

    They should be happy that fellow catholic priests have been honored.

    They should trust the Church do recognize honor.

    They shouldn’t be sad that “he was honored but I was not!”, because that looks a lot like the capital sins of envy and pride.

  • Jorge

    They should be happy that fellow catholic priests have been honored.

    They should trust the Church to recognize honor.

    They shouldn’t be sad that “he was honored but I was not!”, because that looks a lot like the capital sins of envy and pride.

  • Gbarry658

    They have given up their roles as bishops – why are people being so mean-spirited about this. Of course they should be monsignors – rather them than me.

  • Paddy Mac

    Much deserved? How so? The whole agenda of “creating” a monsignor is ridiculous. Some, including many of those created, say it is a way of honoring their people/parish, etc. If so, there should be no personal honorifics with it; designate the parish/community in some way. It will remain… monsignors don’t always. For far too many prelates, chaplains, and PA’s, it is ALL and ONLY about them, and that’s why it is wrong.
    It is interesting that the clergy of some dioceses have specifically and intentionally asked their bishops NOT to request papal honors; in other dioceses, they kill for it!

  • Kitty

    Each diocesesan bishop can apply to create monsignori in proportion to the number of priests in his diocese. As these priests are not diocesans, they aren’t actually poaching someone else’s purple pom-pom!

  • Anonymous

    I am truly please for these three monsignori

  • The Flying Dutchman

    There is an error in this report. Only the Ordinary, Fr Keith Newton, was made a Protonotary Apostolic.

    Both Fr John Broadhurst and Fr Andrew Burnham were both made Prelates of Honour.

    http://www.ordinariate.org.uk/news.htm

  • Leo Ladenson

    Since the three good fathers are in effect the bishops of the Ordinariate, making them monsignori is not an honor; it’s more like a necessity.

  • Peter Bolton

    According to the offical web site of the POOLW, the Holy Father elevated Fr. Keith Newton to the rank of Protonotary Apostolic and Frs. John Broadhurst and Andrew Burnham to the rank of Prelate of Honour.

  • Peter Bolton

    According to the offical web site of the POOLW, the Holy Father elevated Fr. Keith Newton to the rank of Protonotary Apostolic and Frs. John Broadhurst and Andrew Burnham to the rank of Prelate of Honour.

  • RJ

    Great news.

  • James

    I am but a poor layman with a strong faith and belief in the teachings of Christ. I am not a theologian nor well versed in Canon Law ~ but what I do know is that in the extensive circle of Catholic friends with whom I mix, the laity, none of them can understand what on earth is happening to our beloved church ~ nor can we possibly imagine how betrayed the clergy of the true Cathoolic church feel at such honours being bestowed so soon upon former members of the Anglican hierarchy.

  • Anonymous

    Dear James,
    You and your friends remember me to the brother of the Prodigal son (luke 15:11-32). Be happy! do not let the envy to make you sad.

  • http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/ The Catholic Herald

    Thank you for pointing this out. We have just corrected our report.

  • http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/ The Catholic Herald

    Thank you for pointing this out. We have corrected our report.

  • Newman

    All the previous Church of England bishops who have become Catholic priests in recent years have been appointed monsignori, though not even Graham Leonard was made a Protonotary Apostolic. This appointment recognises the unique responsibilities of the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

  • Paddy Mac

    “in effect….” Wouldn’t we do better dealing with actuality rather than appearance… or “effect?” It is my understanding that, having come into the RCC, they cannot be bishops, in reality or effect. They came over to be priests with the already significant title, “Father.”

  • Jorge

    > what I do know is that in the extensive circle of Catholic friends with whom I mix, the laity, none of
    > them can understand what on earth is happening to our beloved church
    I didn’t understand your point. Few people can understand what is happening to a 1.16 billion institution, spanning the whole globe, and which is partly human and partly divine. The person with the best understanding of it is probably the Pope.

    By your tone, you seem to dislike the idea of Anglicanorum Coetibus. If that is the case, I am perplexed – how can a Catholic possibly dislike the idea of more people becoming Catholic?

    > ~ nor can we possibly imagine how betrayed the clergy of the true Cathoolic church feel at such
    > honours being bestowed so soon upon former members of the Anglican hierarchy.
    Unless they suffer the capital sins of pride and envy, they should be happy for the Pope honoring fellow Catholics.

  • Wolfgang Munster Schnoozle

    It is understandably confusing for those RC priests of many years without such title but I wonder how many have given up bishophoods, homes, freinds and comforts in following catholic doctrines without it’s trappings?

    We desreve something if not for the the fact of being told where going to be blessed with a boghole as our new church in kings cross.

  • Mike H

    If they are loyal Catholics, they will be delighted at His Holiness’ pastoral astuteness.

  • Aging Papist

    Astuteness? His Holiness penchant for treating his clergy as pawns is what you. What an insult that they aren’t raised to the episcopate. Simply because it is the “tradition” of the Church and contrary to the canons? What a laugh. The pope can always dismiss the canons and tradition with the flick of a pen. Just as has been done with the safety and security of countless thousands of children by protecting his army of buggers over the decades.

  • Aging Papist

    JPJT, The three “monsignori” were doing a perfectly good job of serving Jesus Christ and “his servant Peter” when they were bishops of the CofE. They must be thinking now how they’ve been taken to the cleaners by this old man.

  • Aging Papist

    “By your tone, you seem to dislike the idea of Anglicanorum Coetibus. If that is the case, I am perplexed – how can a Catholic possibly dislike the idea of more people becoming Catholic”?

    My greatest fear Jorge, is not that people who were formerly Anglican will become more Catholic. It is the fear Catholics will learn nothing from the Ordinariate and the gifts Anglicans will bring to it, and that it will be unable to change the dreadful course upon which Benedict and his toadies in scarlet are taking the Church today.

  • Aging Papist

    The clergy are basically corrupt pharisees. The bishops weighted down in their cappa magnas will be drowned in the maelstrom buffeting Peter’s barque. With a new clerical elite and hierarchy of lay (men and women) presbyters and bishops replacing them in the new Catholic Church now springing from the wreckage.

  • Jamesharveyjnr

    Mgr Newton has the higher honour than the other two because he is the Ordinary.

  • the lower case roman

    Ignasi1 is right. They have come home. Don’t let pride and envy to blind you to the celebration.

  • Christopher Lee

    God bless these 3 men and I urge all to pray for them and the Ordinariate. They deserve the titles.

  • jorge

    So basically you aren’t Catholic.
    Why do you come to this forum to make insults with teenager language?

    Are you just a troll?

  • jorge

    You would have slightly more credibility if you didn’t use teenager language.

    Why do you keep coming to this forum to perform unexplained insults? There must be something better for you to do than trolling.

  • Fr. Richard Cleary, O.S.B.

    The three new monsignori already enjoyed the title “my lord” as Anglican bishops. The Holy Father’s gracious action enables their friends to continue addressing them as “my lord.” This little gesture helps make easier the move from Henry VIII’s church to Jesus’ true Church. Congratulations to our new brother priests, who deserve special honor for the long & difficult struggle they have endured for the sake of Jesus.

  • Winston Lewis

    Thank God for the generosity of the Holy Father and give thank for these conversions, a word we have spurned for some years. This is an honoray tiltle and they deserve it. Let us show them that we welcolm them into our mids as we did Newman, Manning, Knox etc. One might argue the chrch in this country oweed a gret debt tho those and present Anglicn converts. Do we understand in material terms what some of these ex Anglican Clergy have given up? Some of these will have wives and Children. a typical Vicar would have a stipend in the region of £25000/nnum. a house and all haeating and lighting and repairs paid for. These peoople are now without a thing , looking for a job toi support their families, this will not be easy. Let us welcolm them with gret joy and assst them in all ways. Let us no carp at minor tiltles. Let us join with them and say 2 God Bless Our Pope , the gret the good”

  • Leo Ladenson

    Testy, testy. Well, if you want to deal with actuality, Msgr. Keith Newton is the ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. That is to say, that he has the jurisdiction under canon law of a bishop. So he is quite like a bishop and it is quite appropriate that he be made an honorary prelate. (Likewise, too, his confreres, who will undoubtedly serve as his coadjutors in fact, if not in title.)

  • Scot

    They are NOT ther bishops of the Ordinariate – one of them is the Ordinary, and he is NOT a bishop, nor is he likely to be made a bishop in the near future. It is high time that the Church stopped pandering to these men who are not ex-bishops, because, according to the teaching of the Church, Anglican Orders are totally null and utterly void. They were not bishops before, and they are not bishops now.

  • Scott

    So…. given that these priests are not diocesans, and that it is the Diocesan Bishop who applies to Rome to create monsignori, it would be interesting to know who applied to Rome in this case. Who had the jurisdiction to submit the application? Was it the Ordinary of the Ordinariate? Oh yes … he’s just been ‘honoured’!! So surely it wasn’t him! Well, who was it?

  • Scott

    the important question … and it IS important … is why have all the previous CofE ‘bishops’ who have become RC priests been made Monsignori?
    The RC Church has declared Anglican Orders to be totally null and utterly void. If they are thus null and void, why is there the rush to ‘honour’ these men with titles and insignia? After all, they have only been priests for a matter of weeks!
    Surely the Ordinatiate is about more than titles and ecclesiastical insignia? Or is it?

  • Scott

    A boghole?? And so what if it is?? I’m sure there are many churches up and down this land that might well be described as ‘bogholes’! So why should the Ordinariate not be given one of them?

    Next they’ll be wanting to comandeer Westminster Cathedral or the Brompton Oratory! Get back to your ‘boghole’ I say, and be grateful for it!

  • jorge

    Your hatred for the ordinariate seems personal.

    What is the reason? Are you anti-Catholic, and you are feeling outraged that the Church is growing?

  • Leo Ladenson

    The Ordinary has the jurisdictional authority of a bishop under canon law. He is a priest with the authority of a bishop. Therefore, it is quite fitting that he be named an honorary prelate. Priest who are not consecrated as bishops yet who exercise the jurisdiction of bishops are not that uncommon–think of the abbots nullius and the chorbishops of the eastern churches.

  • Scott

    There is clearly a distinction between possessing jurisdiction, and being a bishop. That is not the issue here. The problem is that these priests are presuming the trappings of the episcopate, while they are not bishops. Let them presume the trappings of having jurisdiction, if they want to (as far as I am aware, there are none). Jurisdiction they may have, but the episcopal dignity will never be theirs, and they should stop dressing things up as though they do. These men, who have only been members of the C?atholic Church for a matter of weeks, need to display some humility.

  • Scott

    I do not hate the Ordinariate, if it is part of the Roman Catholic Church. If it truly is, then why does it need to be separate? These guys wanted unity with the Roman Catholic Church … but all they have done is create a quasi-church within the Church. Their ‘unity’ has done nothing but spread disunity.