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English hierarchy slow to accept Anglican ordinariate?

May 24, 2012

This Saturday, May 26, a group of 17 former Anglican priests will be ordained as deacons in the Catholic Church, to serve—eventually as priests--in the new Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. But while their ordination is certainly an important step forward for the Anglican ordinariate, columnist William Oddie sees it as a “disgrace” that the ceremony will take place in Westminster Cathedral. The problem, Oddie explains, is that the English hierarchy has not yet designated a principal church for the ordinariate, which has now been in existence for over a year. Why not? Oddie fears that the English hierarchy is reluctant to allow genuine independence to the ordinariate.

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