Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Ordinariate Watch: Little fanfare as Anglicans enter Catholic Church

Father Dwight Longenecker—himself a former Anglican—recalls that when Anglicans were received into the Catholic Church in the 1990s, the process was almost secretive. Catholic leaders deliberately avoided any publicity, fearful that they might upset ecumenical ties with their Anglican counterparts, he said. By contrast, the establishment of an Anglican-Catholic ordinariate has been a highly public process, Father Longenecker says.

But Austen Ivereigh of America) notes that even this week’s reception of Anglican bishops into the Catholic Church was “about as unpublic and understated at it was possible to have designed.” Ivereigh notes that there was no press conference, no “photo op,” no trumpeted public statement. He writes....

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