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Second American parish joins the Ordinariate: The Church of England Newspaper, June 15, 2011 June 15, 2011

Posted by geoconger in Anglican Ordinariate, Church of England Newspaper, Washington.

First published in The Church of England Newspaper.

A second Maryland parish has voted to accept Pope Benedict XVI’s invitation to join the Roman Catholic Church through the Anglican Ordinariate.

On 6 June, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington announced that St Luke’s Church in Bladensburg, Maryland, would enter the Roman Catholic Church with the “prayerful support of Bishop John Bryson Chane of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Catholic Archbishop of Washington.”

On 24 October, 2010, the congregation of Mount Calvary Church in Baltimore became the first American parish to announce its intention to join the Anglican Ordinariate once it was formed.

Cardinal Wuerl, who will assume jurisdiction over the congregation of approximately 100 parishioners until the American branch of the Ordinariate is formed, stated that the Roman Catholic Church welcomed the congregation “into our family of faith.”

He added the Pope’s offer of an Anglican enclave in the Catholic Church provided “a path to unity, one that recognizes our shared beliefs on matters of faith while also recognizing and respecting the liturgical heritage of the Anglican Church.”

Bishop Chane noted the “transition” had been “achieved in a spirit of pastoral sensitivity and mutual respect.”

“Christians move from one church to another with far greater frequency than in the past, sometimes as individuals, sometimes as groups. I was glad to be able to meet the spiritual needs of the people and priest of St Luke’s in a way that respects the tradition and polity of both of our Churches.”

The congregation and the diocese have entered into a lease purchase agreement for the church property, and the former rector, the Rev Mark Lewis, has begun the process towards reception and ordination as a Roman Catholic priest.

“I am deeply grateful to Cardinal Wuerl and to Bishop Chane for their support throughout this discernment. We look forward to continuing to worship in the Anglican tradition, while at the same time being in full communion with the Holy See of Peter,” Mr Lewis said.


1. Peter Clark - June 16, 2011

The Roman Catholic Church insists that Anglican priests etc, who go over to the so- called Anglican Ordinariate must be re-ordained to continue their work as priests. might I suggest that this completely contradicts the idea of an “Anglican enclave” in the Roman Catholic Church. Proper reconciliation should, at least involve the Roman Catholic authorities admitting that “Apostolicae Curae” was not, a statement “ex cathedra”. Otherwise, those who wish to become part of this “enclave” still have to accept the Roman Catholic view that their baptism was suspect, and their confirmation was invalid, since the Bishop who confirmed them was not validly consecrated according to Roman Catholic doctrine.

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