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Many Catholic bishops displeased with Anglican ordinariate: Bishop Wright

November 10, 2010

Anglican Bishop N. T. Wright, a leading biblical scholar, has told the Church of Ireland Gazette that several Catholic bishops in England are unhappy with the ordinariate structure developed by Pope Benedict to serve the pastoral needs of Anglicans who wish to preserve their traditions while entering into full communion with the Holy See.

“Many of the Roman Catholic bishops that I know in England were not terribly happy at the thought that they might have to administer this kind of whole extra wrinkle on top of the complicated structure they've already got,” said Bishop Wright, “and I did hear one Roman Catholic priest - how representative I don't know-- saying we've got quite enough traditionalists in our own Church without having all yours as well.”

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 11, 2010 7:19 AM ET USA

    What?? Give us ALL your traditionalists, please! Mary Ann

  • Posted by: Archpriest - Nov. 10, 2010 11:27 PM ET USA

    Some bishops not pleased? Say it ain't so! We Eastern Catholic priests we see it all the time, since our jurisdictions overlap. It's a question of otherwise sincere men seeing uniformity as the goal, and succumbing to the use of power as the way to hold the Church together. Its not law, however, but faithfulness to the Holy Spirit present in the Tradition that ultimately holds the Church together Its often been said: "The West has the tradition of Law, while the East has the law of Tradition."

  • Posted by: - Nov. 10, 2010 8:03 PM ET USA

    I'm very happy to have the conservative Anglicans enter the Catholic Church. How mean spirited, imprudent, and divisive it would be for anyone to oppose such a thing!!

  • Posted by: MesaConsultant2395 - Nov. 10, 2010 7:04 PM ET USA

    The whole point of establishing the Ordinariates, was to keep these new, faithful away from the liberal ministrations of the English bishops, who I'm sure must have gaged on much of the traditionalisms of His Holiness, during his recent visitation. I don't care if these new Ordinariates only end up with a handful of faithful, so long as it keeps them from the Latin rite Bishops.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 10, 2010 6:51 PM ET USA

    I am also "one Catholic priest" and I am delighted by the prospect of welcoming into our fold the traditionalist Anglicans! The more traditionalists, the better!

  • Posted by: filioque - Nov. 10, 2010 6:14 PM ET USA

    This Anglican bishop is giving us an honest look at the Catholic Church in the UK. Apparently Catholic bishops and others have been saying to him what they won't say to their fellow Catholics. I don't know why the bishops would complain about an Anglican Ordinariate. The whole point is that they will not have to cope with it. And the priest who doesn't want more traditionalists has let the cat out of the bag.

  • Posted by: michaelwilmes - Nov. 10, 2010 1:23 PM ET USA

    Yet another example of a liberal (big on compassion, understanding, tolerance, blah, blah, blah) until confronted with a viewpoint divergent from his/her thinking.

  • Posted by: Guest6455 - Nov. 10, 2010 10:18 AM ET USA

    Yes, how representative is ONE (1) priest? I do not know either, but maybe almost negligible. Maybe Anglican Bishop Wright is not right. No real reason is given in this article. Maybe he is displeased.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Nov. 10, 2010 8:58 AM ET USA

    That's exactly why Pope Benedict is bringing the Anglicans back into the fold: the more traditional and reverent liturgies of whatever rite, the better. This rebellious priest and the bitter bishops who are fighting this are yesterday's news, ecclesiastical dinosaurs left over from the 60s. Your revolution failed, get over it, repent, and get with Benedict's program.