On Friday, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Holy Father established the Personal Ordinariate of the Southern Cross and made former Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) Bishop Harry Entwistle, who was ordained a Catholic priest yesterday, the Ordinary.
This sends such a positive message, finally, to the TAC as many (me included) have felt like we were treated like we were unwanted at the Ordinariate banqueting-table and likely to scare away the wanted guests from the Canterbury Communion.
So now we have a former Church of England Bishop as Ordinary in England and Wales (Msgr. Keith Newton) and a former Episcopal Church Bishop as Ordinary in the United States and soon of a Canadian Deanery and a former Traditional Anglican Communion Bishop in Australia.
Sadly, the positive message may be too late for the TAC, which has for the most part abandoned hopes of unity with the Catholic Church and said no thanks to Anglicanorum coetibus.
But there may still be Anglicans in other countries hoping for Ordinariates there. We hope some day to have our own in Canada eventually.
Melbourne, Australia, Jun 15, 2012 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On June 15 Pope Benedict officially erected the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross for Anglican groups and individuals who want to enter full communion with the Catholic Church.
The decree establishing the new ordinariate came from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
“The supreme law of the Church is the salvation of souls,” the decree said. “As such, throughout history, the Church has always found the pastoral and juridical means to care for the good of the faithful.”
Fr. Entwistle said that membership is open to former Anglicans who accept what the Catholic Church believes and teachers, as well as to former Anglicans who have previously joined the Catholic Church. Those who have close family members in the ordinariate may also join.
The Pope has also created ordinariates in England and Wales and the U.S. Their leaders welcomed the Australian ordinariate.
Fr. Entwistle was born in Lancashire in England on May 31, 1940.
He studied at the University of Durham and was ordained for the Anglican Diocese of Blackburn in 1964. He emigrated to Australia in 1988. He has served as a parish priest and a prison chaplain.
In 2006 he joined the Anglican Catholic Church in Australia, which is part of the Traditional Anglican Communion. He was ordained a bishop for that church body in November 2006.
He married Jean Barrett Bolts in 1967 and has a married son and a single daughter.
Fr. Entwistle said Pope Benedict has made it “very clear” that Christian unity is not achieved by agreeing on “the lowest common denominator.” Those who join an ordinariate “accept the Catechism of the Catholic Church as the authoritative expression of the Catholic faith,” he said.