Skip to comments.First Anglican Ordinariate Bishop Ordained: ‘It Means We’re Here to Stay’
Posted on 02/04/2016 2:11:38 PM PST by NYer
HOUSTON — In a majestic Mass at Houston’s Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Tuesday evening, history was made for the Anglican ordinariates established by Pope Benedict XVI: Their first bishop was ordained.
“In a nutshell, it means we’re here to stay,” summarized Msgr. Harry Entwistle, the ordinary of Australia’s ordinariate, which is under the patroness of Our Lady of the Southern Cross.
The new bishop, Stephen Joseph Lopes, 40, a native of California, was in fact instrumental in the creation of the ordinariate that he now leads — the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
The ordinariates were established as the Vatican’s pastoral response to repeated and persistent inquiries made by Anglican individuals and groups who desired full communion with the Catholic Church, in a history that goes back to at least Pope Pius XII.
In November 2009, in response to these inquiries from Anglican groups worldwide, Pope Benedict XVI issued an apostolic constitution, Anglicanorum Coetibus. This document authorized the creation of “ordinariates” — communities that would be fully Catholic yet retain elements of Anglican heritage and liturgical practice.
So far, there are three ordinariates globally: The first was established in the United Kingdom (the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham) in 2011. The following year, an ordinariate was established here in the United States, with jurisdiction also including Canada, and another in Australia.
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God bless them and watch over them!
I trust the new Bishop is NOT married.
I trust the new Bishop is NOT married!
The Wikipedia entry is pretty sketchy, but there’s nothing there about his being married:
You want the page on Stephen Lopes, not Harry Entwistle. Pretty sure that Bp. Lopes is not married; he was not originally ordained for the Ordinariate.
Right you are. Lopes is a Catholic priest and bishop, who apparently was appointed to this position because the Anglican who originally led the group WAS married and therefore was not qualified for Catholic ordination.
You can’t become a Bishop if you are a married Priest. The US Ordinariate was headed by Steenson prior to Lopes, but
Steenson, who is married, was not a Bishop. He was a Bishop before he converted from Episcopalian to RC.
Hope that was understandable..gets confusing.
My daughter attended. She had never been to a Bishop’s Ordination. She also had never been in the Presence of four Cardinals.
She was still ecstatic at the beauty of the Ceremony. Plus, she said since there were visitors from all over the World, the Folks from Houston gave them a taste of Texas culture during the pre & post events, to include horseback riding, barbeque, and boot scooting music. I stress there was no such stuff during the actual ceremony.
I have been to events at Our Lady of Walsingham when it was still a small AU Parish, and even back then, the Parishioners knocked themselves out hospitality wise.
“You canât become a Bishop if you are a married Priest. “
Certainly that is true with us, but one never knows with you Latins.
Addressing the priests gathered for his ordination-- just for the U.S.-Canada ordinariate, there are 62 of them, along with six deacons, four candidates for the priesthood or diaconate and one seminarian, in service to 42 parishes and communities-- he noted, "I have met each one of you."
However, I'm not holding my breath for Pope Francis to grant the FSSP, which was established by Pope JP II in 1988, its own bishop.
11 incorporated ad annum
Non-deacons seminarians (including postulants): 145
Not to mention the FFOTI or ICK.
OK, maybe I missed the gist, but what is the significance of this event?
Not sure what your rationale for that comment is. I’m unaware of any ritual church in union with the Holy See attempting to ordain a married man to the episcopacy, unless your timeline goes back to sometime in the first millennium.
The FSSP is juridically a different kind of organization (technically a “clerical society of apostolic life of pontifical right”). They wouldn’t ordinarily be headed by a bishop. The closest analogue to the ordinariate are the “personal prelatures” like Opus Dei, which are headed by bishops.
I think he was appointed to the position because Msgr Steenson wanted to retire. Not sure what the reason for that was.
*** Certainly that is true with us, but one never knows with you Latins. ***
Lol, especially with our current Pope..I miss the German!
No, wait, that was John.