The world’s first Anglican Ordinariate has begun. The Pope released its constitution yesterday, and its first three priests (formerly Anglican bishops) were ordained in Westminster Cathedral, in a ceremony concelebrated by 60 Catholic priests, and attended by at least three former Anglican bishops. Here’s what Damian Thompson of the Telegraph has to say:
To start with, the Ordinariate is Personal: it has been set up by decree of the Pope and cannot be dismantled by its opponents. It is dedicated to Our Lady of Walsingham, thus establishing a spiritual bond between the Ordinariate and the pre-Reformation devotion that inspired the Catholic movement in the Church of England. Its patron is Newman, signifying that its members are following in his footsteps in leaving Anglicanism. And it will be led, not by a Catholic bishop of England and Wales, but by a Catholic priest who was an Anglican bishop until last month, assisted by two of his former fellow bishops.