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Holy See establishes ordinariate in Australia

By on Friday, 15 June 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has established a personal ordinariate in Australia and named a Lancashire-born former bishop of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) to lead it.

The ordinariate, the world’s third for Anglicans wishing to become Catholic while retaining some of their Anglican heritage, is known as the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross. It was erected today, June 15.

Fr Harry Entwistle, who was born in Chorley, Lancashire, was ordained a Catholic priest today and named as the ordinariate’s leader.

Fr Entwistle had previously served as a bishop in the TAC, a communion of traditional Anglican groups that had broken away from the worldwide Anglican Communion.

The 72-year-old priest studied at St Chad’s Theological College at Durham University and served as chaplain at Wandsworth prison in south-west London before emigrating to Australia.

He said: “Pope Benedict has made it very clear that unity between Christians is not achieved by agreeing on the lowest common denominator, and those entering an ordinariate accept the Catechism of the Catholic Church as the authoritative expression of the Catholic faith.

“Membership is open to former Anglicans who accept what the Catholic Church believes and teaches; former Anglicans who have previously been reconciled to the Catholic Church but who now wish to reconnect with their Anglican spiritual heritage and those baptised in the Catholic Church who have close family members who belong to the ordinariate.”

“As the ordinariate is in organic unity with the Catholic Church, Western and Eastern Catholics are welcome to worship and receive communion in an ordinariate Mass and vice versa,” he said.

  • Hugo Lindsay

    I’m delighted that Fr Harry has made his way home.

  • Lewispbuckingham

    Welcome to Oz.

  • Dominic Cudmore

    Wonderful news – God bless Fr Entwistle and that who follow!!

  • Dominic Cudmore

     oops – I meant Wonderful news – God bless Fr Entwistle and those that follow!!

  • Patrick_Hadley

    But what we really want to know is whether or not the Australian ordinariate has got its own fine church for its headquarters.

  • cephas2

    Excellent news and what a great Lancashire name Fr Entwistle has too!

  • CradleAnglican

    I wish him well, but I can’t help feeing that within a generation there will be little recognisable Anglican Patrimony and the Ordinnariate will have served its true purpose.

  • Pastizzi56

    Personal Ordinariates for Opus Dei, Anglicans (3) the latest one in OZ and another could be in the offing for SSPX.
    As a member of the Church I am very concerned at all this fragmentation.

    It seems that any group that doesn’t want to totally integrate within the Church will have an ordinariate created for it so that it can hold on to that part of their ‘heritage’ which is not in total synch with the rest of the Church.

  • Patrick_Hadley

     Pope Benedict has a deliberate policy of dividing the Church into factions. He wants to divide parishes between into those who only attend Mass in the extraordinary form and the rest. He wants ordinariate groups to be totally independent of diocesan structures. He wants to set up a personal prelature for SSPX so that they can draw people away from the ordinary form and lobby against Vatican II from inside the Church.

    His plan for the Church seems to be to make it like the Church of England, where there are high church, evangelical, liberal and conservative factions that have as little to do with each other as possible.

  • Fides_et_Ratio

    In what way do the ordinariate Catholics or the faithful of Opus Dei prelature fail to be in synch with the rest of the Church?
    I have Opus Dei friends and they are the best Christians I ever knew. Hardworking, loving, friendly, forgiving Christians.

  • Fides_et_Ratio

    That is the uncharitable, materislist view.

    Another interpretation is that Pope Benedict is putting into practice the Lord’s will:

    “so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
    that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent
    me.”

    interpreted in harmony with:

    “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;”

  • Patrick_Hadley

    Do you think that it will be an improvement when the Catholic Church is like the Church of England in the way that different factions have nothing to do with each other; consider each other’s theology faulty; and deplore the way that other groups celebrate the liturgy? I used to feel sorry for my Anglican friends because they were so divided between (in various combinations) High Church and Low Church, Catholic and Evangelical, Conservative and Liberal. I never thought that we would have a Pope whose policy seemed to be to designed to bring that disunity to the Catholic Church.

  • Fides_et_Ratio

    That is not going to happen.

    1. Opus Dei is completely orthodox, and they use the same liturgy as the others.

    2. The Anglicanorum Coetibus Catholics accept the entire Catholic Catechism, so they have the same faith as us. And while their liturgy is different, that is no problem. The Catholic Church already has many different liturgies – see the Eastern Catholics for example. And remeber that St. Paul said “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit”

    3. The Pope is asking the SSPX people to sign a doctrinal preamble before they can enter the Church. Presumably, that preamble will contain all Catholic teaching that is definitively taught, while possibly leaving certain prudential, contingent, pastoral decisions open for differing interpretation. And the Pope is likely to ask them not to attack the ordinary Mass as “invalid” or “Modernist”. They preferring a different liturgy is no problem at all.

  • Patrick_Hadley

    It is happening already.

    1.  I agree with you about Opus Dei, which was given its PP by Pope John Paul II.

    2. Yes, but they all assented to the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion before they were ordained as Anglican clergymen. My problem is that they are a “Church within a Church” with their own liturgy and tradition.

    3. The SSPX are going to be able to campaign against “errors” in Vatican II, refuse to attend Mass in Ordinary Form, and will continue to describe many priests and bishops as “modernist”. That sounds rather like the sort of thing that goes on the CoE, and never used to happen in the Catholic Church.

  • Fides_et_Ratio

    > “Yes, but they all assented to the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion
    before they were ordained as Anglican clergymen.”

    What is the problem with that? They _were_ Anglican indeed, and then
    they _converted_ to Catholicism. Catholics rejoice when new sheep
    come to the Good Pastor.

    > “My problem is that they are a “Church within a Church” with their own liturgy and tradition.”

    By that logic, all 22 Eastern Rite Catholic Churches are “Churches within a Church”.
    Remember what St. Paul said
    “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit”.

    And, Angliganorum Coetibus-like arrangements are our only hope for large
    scale Protestant conversions. Protestants are unlikely to accept throwing
    away all their music, liturgy, theology, customs, traditions and cohesion.
    What Pope Benedict proposes is that Protestants can join the Church without
    throwing away all those things, provided they abandon the parts that are
    incompatible with Catholic teaching.

    > “3. The SSPX are going to be able to campaign against “errors” in
    Vatican II, refuse to attend Mass in Ordinary Form, and will continue
    to describe many priests and bishops as “modernist”. That sounds rather
    like the sort of thing that goes on the CoE, and never used to happen
    in the Catholic Church.”

    We haven’t seen the doctrinal preamble, and you are already misjudging Pope Benedict?
    Please be charitable. Wait for the deal to be made public, and judge it with Charity.

    Regards

  • Fides_et_Ratio

    See my reply above.

    Regards

  • Patrick_Hadley

     They assented to the Thirty-Nine Articles but they did not believe them. They had mental reservations when they presented themselves for Anglican Ordination and had to assent to a statement of faith that said that the Articles were the basis of their beliefs. That is not a good precedent.

    The Eastern Rite Catholic Churches are ancient traditions in communion with the Latin Church. They are not “Churches with a Church” but sister churches. They use liturgy that goes back further than the Tridentine Rite. The ordinariate is a new creation, a novelty, which is in the process of writing its liturgy and establishing its traditions. The Eastern Rite grew independently of the Latin Rite over many centuries; it is hardly a precedent for establishing separate groups within the Latin Rite Church, and allowing them to have a new quasi-rite based on their schismatic deviations.

    SSPX are only interested in reconciling so that they will be better able to attack the post- Vatican II Church from within. Fellay has said they are not being required to make even a token repentence for their schism, or to change any of their beliefs about the “errors” of Vatican II or the illicit nature of the Novus Ordo. What sort of unity is that?