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Pope donates £150,000 to Britain’s ordinariate

By on Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Mgr Newton met Pope Benedict XVI last year (Photo courtesy of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham)

Mgr Newton met Pope Benedict XVI last year (Photo courtesy of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham)

Pope Benedict XVI has donated over $250,000 (£150,000) to the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, in what is described as a “great help” by the ordinary.

The Apostolic Nuncio for Great Britain, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, who is said to have been instrumental in securing Pope Benedict’s assistance, said: “The Holy Father’s gift of $250,000 is a clear sign of his personal commitment to the work of Christian unity and the special place the ordinariate holds in his heart. I pray for the continuing success and development of the Ordinariate.”

Speaking after the announcement of the gift, the nuncio spoke of the need for further fundraising: “I urge all those who share our Holy Father’s vision to lend their spiritual and material support to the ordinariate, especially in these early days.”

When addressing the bishops of England and Wales at their plenary conference last week, Archbishop Mennini referred specifically to the ordinariate and appealed to the bishops to continue to offer their support and generosity.

He said: “I know that the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has already been mentioned but, this year, as you probably know, Mgr Keith Newton kindly invited me to preside at their Chrism Mass, an occasion which I must say that I found moving and prayerful. Do please continue to be generous in your support of their endeavours. In a time of recession and of diminishing resources we are all finding ourselves having to take difficult decisions, and not just financial ones.”

Responding to the gift, the ordinary Mgr Keith Newton said: “I am very grateful to the Holy Father for his generosity and support. This gift is a great help and encouragement as we continue to grow and develop our distinctive ecclesial life, whilst seeking to contribute to the wider work of evangelisation in England and Wales.”

Mgr Newton expressed his gratitude for the Apostolic Nuncio’s vocal support. He said: “The support and encouragement given to us by the Apostolic Nuncio has been very significant.

“We were very pleased to welcome him as the principal celebrant of our Chrism Mass: a clear sign of our deep desire to remain closely united the Holy Father,” Mgr Newton said.

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was established in January 2011 to enable Anglicans to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church. It comprises around 1,200 lay faithful and 60 clergy spread across the Britain.

The ordinariate welcomed over 250 new members this Easter, and two men in their 20s were ordained. Auxiliary Bishop Alan Hopes of Westminster will ordain deacons for the ordinariate later this month at Westminster Cathedral.

Although the sum of money donated by Pope Benedict is substantial the cost of running the ordinariate on an annual basis is estimated at £1 million, including the cost of supporting priests’ families. In July 2011 a charity, Friends of the Ordinariate, was established to support the ordinariate.

  • teigitur

    Perhaps now the Bishops will donate a Church HQ to them? Or perhaps not.

  • Forbesk

    How about the pope donating a similar amount to victims of paedophile priests, this could be a taken as a sign that he truly is sorry about the crimes committed by the catholic church. I looked up the catholic herald to see what they had to say about Cardinal Sean Brady and his cover up of paedophile priests in Ireland, it would seem they have nothing to say, why is that?

  • Patrick_Hadley

    I think that the Ordinariate want to be independent of the bishops. I assume that they are not like young adults who want to do their own thing and live away from their parents,but then get into a sulk if their parents won’t buy them somewhere nice to live.

  • teigitur

    Perhaps because its all been said. This took place 40 years ago. Its the BBC re-hashing old stories.
     Don t misunderstand me, Cardinal Brady has been a total failure on this, and many other fronts and should certainly resign. But the story is same old same old.

  • Fr Thomas Poovathinkal

    “”This gift is a great help and encouragement as we continue to grow and
    develop our distinctive ecclesial life, whilst seeking to contribute to
    the wider work of evangelisation in England and Wales.””

    YEA… SOME SORT OF “EVANGELISATION” COMING NEAR TO ADDING TO NUMBERS BY WAY

    OF SOCIAL WORK LIKE WHAT SOME OF THE OLD TYPE MISSIONARIES DID.

    THE PURE TYPE OF EVANGELISATION IS APOSTOLIC EVANGELISATION : WHAT THE TWELVE

    APOSTLES OF THE LORD DID BECAUSE THEY KEPT THE WORD OF CHRIST AND OBEYED THE

    WORD OF CHRIST, AND WERE LEAD BY THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST.

    BECAUSE THEY KEPT AND OBEYED THE WORD OF CHRIST  THEY EVEN STARTED TO

    REJOICE WHEN THEY WERE FOUND WORTHY TO SUFFER ON ACCOUNT OF CHRIST AND HIS

    WORK.

    A PHENOMENON AKIN TO WHAT THE APOSTLES DID, WE HAVE IN THE LIFE OF SOME OF

    THE VINCENTIAN  FATHERS OF DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE, CHALAKUDY, KERALA, INDIA. THIS

    REQUIRES FOLLOWING OF CHRIST, LIVING BY HIS WORD UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF HIS

    HOLY SPIRIT.

    .

  • Greenmoon

    It may be the”same old story” for you but the victims are still living that story everyday

  • Adam

     They’ve already paid out billions to abuse victims.

  • Tina

    Mad?

  • teigitur

    Indeed, but I am not sure how continually raking over it all helps them?

  • JabbaPapa

    Bad eyesight or somesuch, more likely — Fr Thomas says that he is forced for personal reasons to always type in all-caps.

    So.

    Apology ?

  • Greenmoon

    If the church had made the right decision 40 years ago, there would not have been the need for the continual raking over of the story in an attempt to get the justice the victims are looking for.

  • teigitur

    I agree.

  • Wake_Up_Time

    Since the Ordinariate arrived in our village they have pretty much driven out our Sunday Mass congregation. We went from a positive and active small village congregation of 100 worshippers and within a few weeks we were given an Ordinariate Priest and the original congregation dropped to 30. Let’s hope the Bishops see sense and they tell the Pope he made a terrible mistake with this gateway approach.

  • Patrick_Hadley

    I wonder how many of the Ordinariate had congregations as big as 30 when they were in the Church of England?  I suspect that most of them think that a congregation of 30 is a very good turn out.

  • JabbaPapa

    Everyone, including the Ordinaries and the UK Bishops themselves, has been pointing out since the very beginning that there will be a few years of difficulties, til everything settles down again — I’m sorry to hear that you are being affected by such difficulties in your village… :-(

    Which version of the Rite is the priest providing BTW ?

  • South Saxon

    I agree. A suitable church in London would be a sign that the Ordinariate is separate from the diocesan structure. One gets the impression that some bishops seem to regard priests in the Ordinariate as “supply” staff to ease the shortage of vocations.

  • JabbaPapa

    The Ordinariates, apart from the Ordinaries themselves and their staff who have a special status, are not in fact separate from diocesan structures, and any priest and congregation of an Ordinariate is normally enthroned within their diocese and under their Bishop.

  • Patrick_Hadley

    The priests and members of a Personal Ordinariate are essentially canonically independent of diocesan bishops. It is the Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, who has authority over them, and pastoral responsibility for them. On their ordination the 60 priests of the Personal Ordinariate promised canonical obedience to Mgr Newton and his successors. In return the Ordinary accepted that he must ensure that they are properly remunerated for their work and looked after in the event of sickness and old age.

    If Mgr Newton wants to establish an Ordinariate parish in a diocese, then he must consult the diocesan bishop, but he does not need his consent; instead he needs the consent of the Holy See.

    When a priest of the Ordinariate ministers in a diocesan parish, then he must of course follow the proper norms established by the bishop.

    http://www.ordinariate.org.uk/document.doc?id=11

  • daclamat

    He can afford to be generous. We gave it to him in the first place.

  • Js051051

    It was better when the Anglo-Catholics just sat in a corner of the church on their own. 

  • South Saxon

    Thank you. I did not realise this.

  • Patrick_Hadley

     It is not correct. See my post below.

  • South Saxon

    Thank you for this information. Clearly, I was wrong.

  • Anjon Mrong

    The Holy Father, Look at our condition of the Garo’s in Bangladesh.