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Anglican ordinariate to evangelise lapsed Catholics: The Church of England Newspaper, July 21, 2013 p 7. July 19, 2013

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Msgr Keith Newton, ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of our Lady of Walsingham and 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.

Comments

1. Ian Welch, Canberra - July 20, 2013

Why anyone might imagine that anything will change because of this measure is incomprehensible but that does not condemn it. It is just one of many ideas as churches seek relevance in the contemporary world.

Behind the concerns over declining church attendances is the rarely discussed truth that the vast majority of those baptised, and I suspect the vast majority of those confirmed, etc., have never really been all that deeply committed.

The challenge is that of expressing an historic faith in terms that are really inclusive of the needs of people today. Liturgical and musical fiddles and “signs and wonders” are

The core issue is the authority of the Bible and I think the Anglican 39 Articles got it right centuries ago in stating not the 19C delusion of infallibility but rather that Scripture contains “all things necessary.” Along with that are changes away from monarchical hierarchy to a spiritual leadership model that avoids elitism and managerialist authority.


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