Anglican ordinariate to evangelise lapsed Catholics: The Church of England Newspaper, July 21, 2013 p 7. July 19, 2013Posted by geoconger in Anglican Ordinariate, Church of England Newspaper.
Tags: Jeffrey Steenson, Pope Francis
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 the ordinariate’s Norms states:
A person who has been baptised in the Catholic Church but who has not completed the Sacraments of Initiation, and subsequently returns to the faith and practice of the Church as a result of the evangelising mission of the Ordinariate, may be admitted to membership in the Ordinariate and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation or the Sacrament of the Eucharist or both.
In a statement released on its website, the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham explained: “This confirms the place of the Personal Ordinariates within the mission of the wider Catholic Church, not simply as a jurisdiction for those from the Anglican tradition, but as a contributor to the urgent work of the New Evangelisation.”
Roman Catholics “may not become members of a Personal Ordinariate ‘for purely subjective motives or personal preference’”, the statement said as “enrolment into a Personal Ordinariate remains linked to an objective criterion of incomplete initiation”, when baptism, eucharist, or confirmation are lacking.
The “new evangelization” is the Roman Catholic Church’s campaign to bring the Gospel to formerly Christian nations in Europe and the Americas and includes outreach to people who were baptized as Catholics but who never completed the process of Christian initiation.
Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson – the former Episcopal Bishop of the Rio Grande and ordinary of the Chair of Saint Peter, in North America welcomed the clarification from Rome. “Particularly in North America, with large percentages of ‘unchurched’ peoples, it is inevitable that we will encounter those who have no formal ecclesial relationships but who are seekers of truth,” he said.