Overseas news briefs April 25, 2014

The Moderator of the Church of South India has endorsed a joint pastoral letter with the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Hyderabad calling upon Christians in Andhra Pradesh not to cast their votes in support of sectarian political parties in the forthcoming elections for the state assembly and India’s federal parliament, the Lok Sabha. In a […]

Good Anglicanism defined by CDF

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has defined the essentials of  Anglicanism that may be kept by converts entering the Anglican Ordinariate of the Catholic Church. In an interview published in the December issue of The Portal, Msg. Steven Lopes of the CDF said the Vatican’s “working definition” of “Anglican patrimony” […]

Anglican ordinariate to evangelise lapsed Catholics

The Anglican ordinariates have been given permission by Pope Francis to evangelize lapsed Catholics. On 31 May 2013 the pope amended Article 5 of the ordinariates governing Norms, widening its base for evangelization from ex-Anglicans to include those Catholics who had fallen away from the church before being confirmed. The new Article 5 §2 of […]

Anglican Ordinariate secure, leaders say

Leaders of the Anglican Ordinariate urged patience and respected in light of statements by the Bishop of Argentina that Pope Francis did not favor the creation of a home for Anglicans in the Catholic Church. In a note released after the election of Pope Francis on 13 March 2013, the Bishop of Argentina and former […]

Ordinariate liturgical commission meets in London

The liturgical commission created by the Vatican to prepare a Catholic Book of Common Prayer for the Anglican Ordinariate met in London last week. In 2012 the Vatican created the Subcommission on the Liturgy for the Anglican Ordinariates staffed by canon law experts, liturgists, and prelates.  The commission is to submit proposals in 2014 to […]

Retired archbishop starts Yukon “street ministry”

On 13 January 2013 Archbishop Terry Buckle of British Columbia and the Yukon launched the “Street Hope Whitehorse” at a special service at Christ Church Cathedral in Whitehorse The Bishop of the Yukon, the Rt. Rev. Larry Robertson, has given space to the street ministry in the town’s historic Old Log Rectory.  The rectory will […]

First US Ordinary for ex-Anglicans installed

The requirement of re-ordination for Anglican priests entering the Catholic priesthood is not a rejection of Anglican orders, the head of the American branch of the Anglican Ordinariate said last week during his service of installation in Houston, but an invocation of the Holy Spirit seeking to restore a divided church. On 12 Feb 2012 […]

Roadblocks appearing for the Ordinariate

Former Anglicans who subsequently entered the Roman Catholic Church before Pope Benedict XVI may join the Anglican Ordinariate, a Catholic bishop has confirmed.  However, concerns that roadblocks are being thrown up by the Catholic hierarchy may dampen enthusiasm for the pope’s outreach to Anglo-Catholics. Writing in the January 2012 issue of The Newman, the magazine […]

First American parish joins the Ordinariate

The Diocese of Maryland has signed a deal with a congregation that has voted to join the Anglican Ordinariate that will allow it to leave the diocese and become the first American Episcopal congregation join the Catholic Church. On 18 January 2012, the diocese announced that an agreement had been reached with Mount Calvary church […]

Former Episcopal bishop to lead US Ordinariate

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Fr Jeffrey Steenson – the former Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande — to lead the American branch of the Anglican Ordinariate. On 1 January 2012 the Vatican announced that Fr Steenson had been named the Ordinary for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter. […]

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