If we ever get an Anglican Patrimony conference off the ground (that would invite people from inside and outside the Ordinariate and welcome scholars in the Catholic Church such as Fr. Aidan Nichols, I would certainly want Fr. Hunwicke to be there.
He has an interesting post today about those Anglican priests and bishops who had seemed very warm towards unity with Rome but who, for whatever reason, pulled back.
There must be no unpleasant nonsense about how they missed the opportunity when the ‘terms’ were easy. Men who have spent 50 years in the Sacred Priesthood, who are priests to their fingertips, must not be told that they are “too old” for the presbyterate of the Ordinariate; that never again can they expect to stand at an altar holding in their hands the Adorable Sacrifice, that vocation which in the Mind of the Eternal was theirs before the ages began. There must be no subtle (or unsubtle!) systems of discouragement. The spirit of Benedict’s gracious intentions must be honoured to the full. The doors must be widely and generously and permanently open.