Fr. O writes:
The word is getting out about my attempt to provide a forum for discussion about the idea of an Ordinariate for Ireland. I sent the Personal Ordinariate of our Lady of the Southern Cross (the Australian Ordinariate) an email explaining what I was doing; they responded by very kindly putting a link to this blog on their homepage. That link has already brought quite a few curious visitors to this site. This is a very positive outcome: there are a great many people who are Irish or of Irish extraction in Australia, & many of them have friends and family in this country. If I could ask those to let those they are in contact in Ireland know about this blog ….One of those visitors, Fr Stephen Smuts, responded to that link by posting a piece about this effort on his own blog. Very kind and generous of him, and it also has generated some visitors. There was even a short discussion taking place in the combox of Fr Smuts blog about what was going on here, to which I responded:Fr Stephen,Thanks for your link … & the effort you went to to try and find out what was going on!The blog is my personal effort to try and encourage people to think about establishing an Ordinariate in Ireland and to provide a forum for discussion around the subject. Every little helps to get the word out, so thank you for your contribution!As you quite rightly point out, there are not a huge number of Anglo-Catholics in Ireland; & a great many of those would be of the ‘liberal catholic’ persuasion for whom the Ordinariate would not be likely to offer much attraction. However, even if there are only a few, it is worth discussing. When two or three are gathered together …@Don, I haven’t had any discussions with the UK Ordinariate on the idea you mention, but if I did achieve what you suggest (ie an Irish parish of the UK Ordinariate) I wouldn’t consider that a poor outcome! I have no idea as yet if that would be possible … this project is at an very early stage.If all reading this could keep my efforts in their prayers it would be greatly appreciated.