Friday, 15 June 2012

The Ordinariate: another step forward

As anticipated, the Ordinariate has been established in Australia as the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, under the patronage of St Augustine of Canterbury.
Its first Ordinary is former TAC bishop, Fr Harry Entwhistle.

"Fr Entwistle is honoured to have been chosen to lead the Ordinariate and explained that it is a wonderful privilege and step towards unity between the Churches.
“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”, said Fr Entwistle.
“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."

Links to the announcement and further information can be found here


  1. "The principal Church of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross will be the Church of St. Ninian and St. Chad, Maylands, Perth."
    So only the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham lacks a principal Church.

  2. The question arises as to whether the issue is one of OLW having to have it's principal church in London. I don't see why that needs to be the case.


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