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Australian ordinariate plans advancing, but no date set

Catholic World News - March 31, 2011

Australian Church leaders are “quietly moving to that stage when we hope the Holy See will establish an ordinariate” to serve Anglicans entering the Catholic Church, the bishop guiding the process reports. But no date has yet been set.

Bishop Peter Elliott, an auxiliary of the Melbourne archdiocese, reports that many people have expressed an interest in joining an Anglican ordinariate. No formal process has yet been established for that purpose, however. The bishop said that exploratory meetings had found interest throughout Australia, and predicted that the ordinariate would eventually have a presence in all the nation’s major cities.

In Great Britain, about 900 people are expected to enter the ordinariate of Our Lady of Walshingham on Easter Sunday. Bishop Elliott cautioned that the situation in Australia is different in several respects. He noted, for example, that many of those interested in the Australian ordinariate are now members of the Traditional Anglican Communion, and may be able to retain their churches when they enter the Catholic community.

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