Skip to comments.Anglican Cathedral in Orlando Becomes Catholic
Posted on 09/17/2012 4:52:44 AM PDT by Cronos
Its been five years in the making and this morning the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Orlando, Florida will become Catholic.
At a Mass of Reception at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, September 16, the Cathedral of the Incarnation, which was formerly associated with the Anglican Church of America, will become the Parish of Incarnationjoining about twenty other former Anglican or Episcopal congregations to be accepted in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, the personal ordinariate established as a home for Anglican converts to Catholicism in the US and Canada.Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, a former Episcopal bishop who now leads the Personal Ordinariate, will confirm the parishioners as Catholic during the Sunday service.
Bishop John Noonan, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orlando, will participate in the liturgy, but the Parish of Incarnation will not become part of Orlando’s diocese. Carol Brinati, spokesperson for the Orlando Diocese, explained, “While we recognize them as part of the Catholic church, they have their own services. We share our beliefs, but everything else is separate.”
The impetus for many former Episcopalians and Anglicans who have sought entry into the Catholic Church has been the increasing liberalization of the Anglican Churchwhich has in recent years broken with tradition by ordaining women and gays as bishops and accepting homosexual marriage.in November 2009, Pope Benedict XVI issued the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, an unprecedented invitation for Anglicans to become Catholic in groups or as parishes. Anglicanorum Coetibus established the canonical structure for the personal ordinariateswhich serve like dioceses, but which are national in scope. Currently three personal ordinariates have been established: the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter (serving the United States and Canada), the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (in England and Wales), and the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross .
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We have a little group of them here in my small town in Florida. It’s been a real struggle for them, and I hope the rest of the Church really welcomes them and supports them.
Welcome home, to the Church Militant.
Now, if we could just get them to adopt the Extraordinary Form....
True. Give it time.