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No Anglican ordinariate planned for South Africa

October 04, 2011

The South African leader of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) has announced that there are no plans for a Catholic ordinariate in that country.

In South Africa, said Anglican Bishop Michael Gill, any Anglicans who choose to enter the Catholic Church must do so as individuals. The TAC in that country has not sought for the establishment of an ordinariate.

Many tradition-minded Anglicans, especially in Africa, have resisted the movement within the TAC for incorporation into the Catholic Church. Bishop Gill observed that Archbishop John Hepworth, the Australian head of the worldwide TAC, is “no longer supplying any spiritual leadership” to the group, since Hepworth has made it clear that he wishes to become a Catholic.


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  • Posted by: stpetric - Oct. 04, 2011 9:35 PM ET USA

    I have great respect for the Traditional Anglican Communion, but wouldn't the decision about a South African ordinariate be for the Catholic Church to make?

  • Posted by: cincinnatus - Oct. 04, 2011 5:52 PM ET USA

    I am at a loss to understand why you waste any bandwidth on the Traditional Anglican Communion or John Hepworth. I can only assume you are too busy to actually look behind the stories you post about them. One question you might usefully pose to Hepworth is why, if he was suffering the abuse-related psychological torment he claims, he nonetheless assumed leadership of the TAC and involved so many others, not a few to their detriment, in his bid to re-join the Church he now claims wronged him.