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Ordinariate is a ‘permanent feature’ for the Church, says Vatican spokesman

By on Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Fr Federico Lombardi (PA)

Fr Federico Lombardi (PA)

The Personal Ordinariate of our Lady of Walsingham will remain “a permanent feature in the life of the Church,” Fr Federico Lombardi has said.

Fr Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office told the Catholic Herald: “As the Holy Father said during his visit to the UK in 2010, they will continue to ‘set our sights on the ultimate goal of all ecumenical activity: the restoration of full ecclesial communion’. The Personal Ordinariates are a permanent feature in the life of the Church and a sign of our lasting and unswerving commitment to that ultimate goal”.

Fr Lombardi said that the establishment of the ordinariate was a project, “particularly close to the heart of Pope Benedict XVI.” He said: “The ongoing development of these structures in the future will be a lasting legacy of his pontificate, but also a continuing contribution to the work of Christian unity and ecumenism.”

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was established on January 15 2011 following the Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum coetibus.

Pope Benedict issued the apostolic constitution in order to, “guarantee the unity of the episcopate” by providing a structure through which Anglicans could enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.

Fr James Bradley, Press Officer for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham said: “We have been greatly touched by the guidance and love of Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, in the establishment and development of the Personal Ordinariates.

“In resigning as Pope, he has shown that the work and the office of the See of Peter is greater than one man. So, too, it follows that the actions of carried out in the name of that office are not simply policies akin to political strategy. We welcome Fr Lombardi’s words as a further testament to that.”

  • JabbaPapa

    This is the sole purpose of ecumenism — May the Holy Spirit of God be blessèd in His Action for our Holy Father’s pure-souled decision to establish such Ordinariates for this opening towards the return to Full Communion of all our separated Christian and Jewish brethren into the One True Church of His Faithful.

    And then some call this Glorious and Luminous, Grace-ful Pope “weak” !!!

  • andrew young

    “The ongoing development of these structures in the future will be a lasting legacy of his pontificate, but also a continuing contribution to the work of Christian unity and ecumenism.”

    I do not see how capturing an insignificant number of members of another communion to the detriment of their mother church, can be considered a contribution to the work of Christian unity and ecumenism. Nor have I yet to see evidence of their patrimony at work in their new communion.

  • CradleAnglican

    So, will the ordinariate continue to allow married priests.
    Will Anglican “patrimony” and slices of the BCP survive

  • David

    Cradle Anglican: Please read Anglicanorum Coetibus before making comments concerning the provisions it makes.

  • chris

    Hi Andrew, I think you have missed the point here. It is the quality of our Anglo-Catholic brothers and sisters that matters more than the actual number of joiners. Both John Paul II and Benedict XVI have continually stressed that quality over-shadows quantity. If cafeteria Catholics decide to leave the Roman Church because they cannot agree with her teachings, so be it. Those remaining in the See of Peter would be firmer in their faith. That is the central policy since the pontificate of John Paul II.

    If you were to look at the quality of joiners in the Ordinariate in the UK, US and Australia, you will be amazed to find the faith of these joiners is of finest quality. They know what they are getting into. They are folks of firm conviction on the faith and morals of the Christian faith. Rome gains at the expense of Canterbury.

    Of course you have Catholics opting to leave the Church too. Frankly, I am unsure how much of a positive gain the other non-Catholic Churches have since these fallen-away Catholics overwhelmingly do not subscribe to the basic tenets of the Christian faith. Already, they are contributing to much of the turmoil Protestant Churches are in world-wide. Within the Anglican Communion, the Episcopal Church is a case in point; the core beliefs have been muddied so much that the Christian faith is discredited.

  • Michael

    Here is Rowan Williams’ response to how the Vatican’s recognition and other actions have contributed to ecumenism.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itIF0k-nluoTo see it in action, simply go to an Anglican Use parish in Texas or England.

    http://anglicanuse.org/Links.htm

    Don’t be hatin’ people of goodwill.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PWZKI7JBARE4DDT3NQ22RWMOJE Benedict Carter

    Weak in his governance of the Church – definitely.

  • Nat_ons

    Like Paul in his mission to the Gentiles, of course, a ‘failure’ indeed; for he, like his Master and ours, must be a sign of contradiction to the way of the world. Benedict XVI was sought out and elevated by the Holy Ghost because of his very human weaknesses, not despite of them. Therefore, his living witness to the form of papal ministry outlined in Venerable Pius XII’s Mystici Corporis Christi is a irrefutable contradiction to all worldly expectations of a powerful leader .. even those of otherwise spiritual souls, who seek to have all things suit themselves best (even amid today’s conflicting gales of human passion), where others gladly reach out and cling to the Barque of Peter (regardless of much more grave grave personal loss).

    “This is a testimony to the wonderful union existing among Christians; but it also proves that, as Our paternal love embraces all peoples, whatever their nationality and race, so Catholics the world over, though their countries may have drawn the sword against each other, look to the Vicar of Jesus Christ as to the loving Father of them all, who, with absolute impartiality and incorruptible judgement, rising above the conflicting gales of human passions, takes upon himself with all his strength the defence of truth, justice and charity.” Ven Pius XII, Mystici Corporis Christi, 6.

  • Nat_ons

    Like Paul in his mission to the Gentiles, of course, a ‘failure’ indeed; for he, like his Master and ours, must be a sign of contradiction to the way of the world. Benedict XVI was sought out and elevated by the Holy Ghost because of his very human weaknesses, not despite of them. Therefore, his living witness to the form of papal ministry outlined in Venerable Pius XII’s Mystici Corporis Christi is a irrefutable contradiction to all worldly expectations of a powerful leader .. even those of otherwise spiritual souls, who seek to have all things suit themselves best (even amid today’s conflicting gales of human passion), where others gladly reach out and cling to the Barque of Peter (regardless of much more grave grave personal loss).

    “This is a testimony to the wonderful union existing among Christians; but it also proves that, as Our paternal love embraces all peoples, whatever their nationality and race, so Catholics the world over, though their countries may have drawn the sword against each other, look to the Vicar of Jesus Christ as to the loving Father of them all, who, with absolute impartiality and incorruptible judgement, rising above the conflicting gales of human passions, takes upon himself with all his strength the defence of truth, justice and charity.” Ven Pius XII, Mystici Corporis Christi, 6.

  • Sweetjae

    Why do you say B16 is weak? Is it because he should have let the SSPX be regularized without any condition or doctrinal agreement? Do you even consider the ‘lifting’ of excommunications and the issuance of Summorum Pontificum as acts of good faith on the part of the Holy Father? Now we ask, has the SSPX put anything on the table and reciprocate the goodwill?

    We really wanted to know because it seems to us, pardon me, but SSPX’s response just amounts to whining.

  • Frpfisher

    There may be a bigger audience watching. Namely, the Orthodox. Given the clear mistakes in the past with a failure (esp in the English speaking world) in respecting the patrimony of the Eastern “uniate” Churches. This provides a clean slate as to how the Primatical Church of Rome would relate towards the Patriarchial Churches of the East.

  • Patrick_Hadley

    No pope can bind his successors. Pope John Paul II considered setting up an ordinariate but decided against it and as a result the dioceses of England and Wales were enriched by many former Anglican clergymen and laity who converted after the ordination of women priests and are playing a full part in the life of the Church, having brought with them the fruits of their previous practice. If any of the successors of Benedict XVI decide to end the ordinariate experiment they can do so whenever they want. 

  • dominic

    your comments reflect the ignorance and bigotry which will continue to cause very real pain and suffering to those of us who are at one with God through the
    Tridentine form of mass.With Summorum Pontificum the Holy Father embraced those of us who had always remained in complete obedience to the church when attending Holy Mass and in our daily lives.Would that his workforce had shown the same loyalty and obedience to the wishes of the Holy Father.We do not begrudge the ordinariate their place among us but wish the same charity could be extended to “traditionalists” and to those who follow an educated consc ience and are not prepared to take the easy path and go with the flow.

  • RWG

     I am reminded of the shepherd who seeks the lost lamb. B16 found that lamb and returned it to the fold.

  • liquafruta

    No-one will need to do anything. The Ordinariate will just gently fade away as those who have joined it will be assimilated into the Catholic Church proper, as they should have been from the beginning.

  • Sweetjae

    Dear Dominic,

    I apologize if I have offended you, it’s not my intention. However, my questions are just and honest to know what the SSPX wanted. Your accusation of bigotry is unwarranted and I forgive you for that. Anyways, this case has been dragging for more than 40 years already with 5-Supreme Pontiffs passed by, are you aware of this?

    Is it just possible or a chance of possibility that SSPX might have erred or misinterpreted what Tradition and Scripture truly says? In really don’t think for a second that the Holy Spirit would take a vacation and abandon His Church and teach errors to the Universal Catholic Church-that can never happen. Maybe I could entertain one Pope but 5-consecutive Pontiffs???

    The ‘diabolical disorientation’ really pertains to any catholic individual who sets himself as the final arbiter of who got it right and wrong with Tradition-Scripture apart from the Magsiterium of the Church whether he comes from the Left or Right extremes because heresy has many forms.

    Anyways, I have been to a lot of ‘traditionalist’ blogs and found some vitriol and ridicule towards the post-V2 Popes and the Church while at the same time SSPX refuse submission to the Authority of the Pope regarding a legit and duly convened Council of V2 whereas the Anglican Ordinariate the potential converts (outside looking in) have express their obedience to the Pope and Magisterium wholeheartedly.

    Anyways, the compassionate B16 offered regularization of SSPX by Ordinariate, right? But they refuse due to their non-negotiable conditions.

  • Sweetjae

    By the way Dominic, I’m not against the Tridentine Mass because I loved it and attend as much as I could. The Pope and Catholics alike welcomed and loved our brothers and sisters of the FSSP, St. Cure d’Ars, Stronsay Monastery etc and they are the true Traditionalist Catholics in their Liturgy (because abiding Catholics are all Traditionalists).

    Just to let you know :-) Pax.

  • Cestius

    As an ex-Anglican myself I tend to agree. I might be interested in going to an ordinariate service once just to see what it’s like, but I consider myself a regular Catholic and don’t want to hang on to what is now my past.  People move about, priests in particular move about and there will be so much cross traffic between ordinary RC parishes and ordinariate parishes that in the end I think you will look at one and the other and it will become increasingly hard to tell any difference. In fact I think that since most ordinaries will share existing Catholic churches you’ll just have an ordinariate service and a “regular” service on a Sunday and people will go to one or the other depending on which time is most convenient or which hymns they like better.  There will come a point where there is no distinction between the “ordinariate” congregation and the regulars.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000977900788 Dylan Morgan

    The Ordinariate is the worst thing that ever happened to this church.  Pope Benedict has created an exclusive church within a church. If these Anglicans felt the need to come over to us, come indeed but convert like everyone else. Join established parishes and integrate. They are for the most part Traditional Latin Mass loving and more Catholic than the Pope. They were not happy in the Anglican Church, they will not be happy in this one. Give it a few years and they will all be swimming back across the Tiber.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000977900788 Dylan Morgan

     SSPX should never be brought back into this church. They were excommunicated by the previous Pope for a reason, leave them where they are!
    You will learn nothing good from the traditional Catholic blogs. Void of charity and kindness they have become the devils playground, aiming hatred, vitriol and spite towards any Catholic who does not embrace the TLM or worship at the altars of Fr. Ray Blake, and his cronies.

  • Michael

    Wow. Well so much for ecumenism and Christian unity. It sounds like it’s people like you who are creating an exclusionary rather than an inclusive and tolerant Church.

  • GrahamCombs

    Here in America the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter has great champions among the episcopacy.  Cardinal Dinardo for one.   But I sensed as I watched Msgr Jeffrey Steenson speak before the USCCB earlier this year that some were less than enthusiastic.  Msgr Steenson (the ordinary)  emphasized at one point that “we are Catholics first.”   But despite his natural wit, he maintained a mostly humble and restrained tone.   Diplomacy seemed the watch word that day.  But his gratitude to the Holy Father and several American bishops who have supported the ordinariate — some with actual funds — was real and an undercurrent throughout his remarks   I think the bishops were somewhat surprised as Msgr. Steenson showed photos of one ordination after another — some including several new priests.   It bespoke a small but robust Catholic community liturgically expressed in the Anglican tradition.    But it is imperative that the Holy See continue its support no matter how diplomatically provided.

  • Cassandra

    So the previous Pope excommunicated the SSPX for a reason? Do you know what it was?
    I frankly, I do not find much charity and kindness among the non traditionists especially from the Bishops.
    Their excommunication  was totally unnecessary.