Skip to comments.Anglican Priests Move to Catholic Environment [Australia]
Posted on 08/08/2012 8:13:34 AM PDT by marshmallow
Christopher Seton leaves one job on September 2 and starts another six days later. In one sense it is exactly the same job, and in another it is completely different. Father Seton is one of four Anglican priests who will be ordained into the Catholic Church in Melbourne on September 8, reports The Age.
Father Seton holds his last service at All Saints, Kooyong on September 2. Then he and - so far as he is aware - his entire congregation will regather a week later at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Caulfield South.
There he will minister to the same people (and, doubtless, some new ones), using the same liturgy and singing the same hymns. But now they will be on the opposite side of a once-bitter sectarian divide.
''In a sense, we are just moving office,'' Father Seton said yesterday. But he, along with Fathers James Grant, Ramsay Williams and Neil Fryer, will now be priests in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross.
This is the Catholic Church's new Anglican wing set up by Pope Benedict for those who felt disenfranchised by the ordination of women and other developments in the Anglican Church.
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Will the Anglicans be allowed to celebrate the covenant meal with the catholic body?
Curious, I am Anglo-catholic. Anyone have any further info on this?
We have a similar situation here in Texas. I believe Rev. Stenson from the Anglican Church now celebrates mass in the catholic church.
Some "high church" Anglicans - i.e. those in the Oxford Movement/Cardinal Newman wing - have converted to Catholicism.
They were welcomed into the Church by Pope JPII with a "pastoral provision", then by Pope BXVI with the apostolic constitution Apostolicum Coetibus. Basically they are being allowed to keep the English prayer book of 1662, with amendments to excise the more protestant sections that were instituted by King Edward VI. Of course the 1662 prayer book is, by and large, a fairly accurate translation of the Roman Rite in use in England at the time (with allowance for changes in the details of English).
Abp. Cranmer, whatever his faults, wrote a limpid, direct, and yet poetic English and his translation has yet to be equalled. It was very important for the Anglicans that they be allowed to keep their historic translation.
The priests have to be re-ordained (Anglican Orders are "absolutely null and utterly void", per the Bull Apostolicae Curae of Leo XIII). So they're Catholic, just in a personal prelature or ordinariate, which amounts to a distinct rite like the Melkites or Byzantine etc.
The Eucharist is the same. Only the outward appearances of the mass differ and not by much. Ex-Anglos are welcome in any Roman or Byzantine Rite parish. They are Catholics once the paperwork is done. The transferring priests have the same status as Byzantine Rite priests. They may be married but may not marry once ordained and may not bcomee bishops.
Perhaps as many of the Anglos have become Orthodox as Catholic.
No it isn't.
It is when Anglos become Catholics. They accept the Catholic Communion. That is part of the deal. They don’t just change their registrations. If you make the change and do no accept the Catholic definitions then you have not actually crossed. It would be like a Baptist regularly going to Presbyterian services and thinking he is a Presbyterian without accepting the Calvinist theses.