At the reception of some 20 new members on Tuesday at the Oxford Oratory, Monsignor Burnham noted that even 1,000 new Catholics is still not “statistically significant.” The priest is one of three former Anglican bishops who were ordained to the Catholic priesthood in January.
“Every time we hear a set of national statistics,” he said, “even the statistics for rare diseases, the numbers seem to be in the 1,000s and tens of thousands. What significance have 20 or 30, 60, 900 or 1000?”
He warned of a “dangerous” scenario that the “groups of incoming Anglicans will simply melt into the crowd,” and that the “Pope’s imaginative and prophetic gesture in ‘Anglicanorum Cœtibus’ will have come to nothing.”
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