The Ordinariate a ‘permanent feature’ says Fr. Lombardi

From Madeleine Teahan at the Catholic Herald:

The Personal Ordinariate of our Lady of Walsingham will remain “a permanent feature in the life of the Church,” Fr Federico Lombardi has said.

Fr Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office told the Catholic Herald: “As the Holy Father said during his visit to the UK in 2010, they will continue to ‘set our sights on the ultimate goal of all ecumenical activity: the restoration of full ecclesial communion’. The Personal Ordinariates are a permanent feature in the life of the Church and a sign of our lasting and unswerving commitment to that ultimate goal”.

Fr Lombardi said that the establishment of the ordinariate was a project, “particularly close to the heart of Pope Benedict XVI.” He said: “The ongoing development of these structures in the future will be a lasting legacy of his pontificate, but also a continuing contribution to the work of Christian unity and ecumenism.”

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was established on January 15 2011 following the Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum coetibus.

Pope Benedict issued the apostolic constitution in order to, “guarantee the unity of the episcopate” by providing a structure through which Anglicans could enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.

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5 Responses to The Ordinariate a ‘permanent feature’ says Fr. Lombardi

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  2. EPMS says:

    There seems to be a mixed message here: that the Personal Ordinariates are a permanent feature, and that they were close to the heart of Benedict XVI. This is perhaps analogous to John Paul’s enthusiasm for “making saints”. Of course those so declared will continue to be honoured, but the beatification/canonisation tap has been turned down to a trickle.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      EPMS,

      You wrote: There seems to be a mixed message here: that the Personal Ordinariates are a permanent feature, and that they were close to the heart of Benedict XVI.

      I’m not persuaded that this is message is as mixed as you imply. There is no timetable for erection of additional ordinariates. Rather, the erection of personal ordinariates in additional places depends entirely upon Anglican Christians freely asking to come into the Catholic Church in sufficient numbers to form them.

      As I have noted in other discussions, I do think that the “wild card” here is the Global Anglican Futures Conference (GAFCON). If the provinces of GAFCON split from the Anglican Communion, they would lose their visible “instruments of unity” — and the See of Peter may well be the only viable replacement, though there probably would be a significant period of discernment before GAFCON would come into the full communion of the Catholic Church. If any of the provinces of GAFCON come knocking on the Vatican’s doors, no pope will turn them down.

      The other interesting question is what will happen with the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). I really don’t foresee any new pope welcoming them back into full communion so long as their present doctrinal errors persist.

      Norm.

  3. Charles A. Coulombe says:

    If, as we hope, the next Pontiff has Benedict’s views but more energy and determination, we may see more push behind the existing Ordinariates, and searches for suitable foundations in places like South Africa and India.

  4. EPMS says:

    It looks as though the new pope will have his hands full with some very different tasks.

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