Great article on Msgr. Peter Wilkinson at Catholic World Report


The ;picture shows Fr. Carl Reid—was it his diaconal ordination?  And Msgr. Peter Wilkinson in Ottawa in 2013 or something. Can’t remember the exact date.

You can find the article here at Catholic World Report:


CWR: What led you to become a Roman Catholic?

Msgr. Wilkinson: The 1960s were taking over. People began to drift from sound doctrine. The liturgy was changing. There was a general malaise in the Church. I was serving as a priest in England, and it was a difficult time there. The Zeitgeist seemed to be in charge!

Pope Benedict himself has commented that 1968 was an axial year. There seemed to be a shift in consciousness. There were Marxist riots in Germany, race and anti-war riots in the United States; and Woodstock the following year! It was an unhappy time. Religious life was affected too, and I could not remain in a religious community that seemed to have lost its way.

I returned to Canada, where the same things were going on, but at least I was home. I thought my home diocese would employ me. However, I was branded as “Catholic” and not accepted, as were many of my friends.

CWR: What were some of the issues that led you to leave the Anglican Communion?

Msgr. Wilkinson: All the things people talk about, like women in the priesthood, and divorce and remarriage at will. There were also changes in the liturgy, like gender-neutral ordination services or transforming confirmation into a “sending forth” ceremony. All these things were watering down the faith.

The result was that in 1977, there was a Congress of Concerned Churchmen in St. Louis, Missouri. Afterwards, many men and women separated from the official Anglican Communion. Thousands left to form continuing Anglican bodies. Eventually the largest group was the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), a worldwide communion of national “Anglican Catholic Churches,” including those of Africa and India.

Reunion with Rome was the dream of many Anglo-Catholics from the time of King Charles I (1600-49), who was married to a Catholic. In fact, attempts at reunion were made at various times right into the 20th century. Nor should one forget the Pastoral Provision of St. John Paul II for married priests in the Episcopal Church. I remained the archbishop of the Traditional Anglican Communion in Canada until the day I was received into the Roman Catholic Church.


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5 Responses to Great article on Msgr. Peter Wilkinson at Catholic World Report

  1. EPMS says:

    I hope Fr Reid was not wearing his stole in that fashion as a deacon.

    • Foolishness says:

      I can’t remember when the picture was taken. Maybe it was at his ordination to the priesthood. I have no idea what different stole fashion means.

      • Rev22:17 says:


        You wrote: I can’t remember when the picture was taken. Maybe it was at his ordination to the priesthood. I have no idea what different stole fashion means.

        A deacon’s stole is worn over only the left shoulder, joined below the waste at the right side, so it goes diagonally across the body as a sash with both ends hanging on the deacon’s right side. A presbyter’s or bishop’s stole is worn over both shoulders in the manner of a yoke, with both ends hanging in front of the wearer’s legs, as it appears in the photograph that accompanies your article.

        Prior to the liturgical reforms that followed Second Vatican Council, those ordained to the order or presbyter were required to cross the stole over the chest and secure it with a cincture whereas bishops did not cross the stole. The ends, however, still hung in front of the wearer’s legs. Presbyters who celebrate mass according to the Tridentine missal might still do so, but this would not be obvious to those assisting in the mass since the chasuble conceals that part of the stole in any case.


  2. EPMS says:

    A deacon’s stole goes over the left shoulder, crossing the chest and tied at the waist.

  3. Yes, it was Fr. Reid’s priestly ordination on January 26, 2013 at the Cathedral in Ottawa.

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