Fr. Stephen Smuts has been doing a great job gathering various interesting bits of information about Ordinariate-related (pro-and con) stories at his blog. He came across this mean-spirited one about our dear former Bishop Robert Mercer, now Fr. Mercer.
At the risk of sounding tabloidish over here, it seems as if Fr Robert Mercer’s accommodation is coming under scrutiny in the British media now that he has become a Ordinariate Priest. It all seems rather petty to me, but here’s the issue:
An Anglican monastery struggling for funds bought a flat for a member who later converted to Catholicism.
The Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield yesterday defended its support for Father Robert Mercer – who left the Church of England because he opposed the ordination of women priests.
The monastery bought a £160,000 flat in Worthing near Brighton to allow him to be close to his sick sister.
But the community is also trying to raise £2m for a major revamp of its home on Stocksbank Road.
The Examiner was contacted by a source who is unhappy with the arrangement.
The complainant said: “This fully ordained Roman Catholic priest who, as a Roman Catholic cannot recognise the legitimacy of the Anglican Eucharist, remains a brother of an Anglican religious community.
“He continues to live in the apartment, which is now effectively being used for Roman Catholic purposes.
“The Community of the Resurrection has been endeavouring to raise some £2m for the refurbishment of its church.
There’s more. But I guess this story should be a reminder to all of us –especially me as I have been basking in a kind of pre-and post-reception into the Catholic Church peace—that the enemy of our souls is still really busy on this file and stirring up pettiness, bitterness and dissension anywhere he can. Let’s not forget to stay watchful and prayerful.