Saturday, January 15, 2011

O. L. Walsingham Ordinariate

Today, January 15th, at the Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood in Westminster England, Archbishop Nichols ordained three former Anglican bishops to the Catholic Priesthood. The Ordination of the three was also the occasion for the initiation of the English Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Ordinariate is a canonical structure similar to a diocese, created by the Holy Father for Anglicans who wishing to enter into full communion with the Church, also desire at the same time to preserve elements of Anglican Christianity--not at odds with the Faith--that have significant cultural value to them.

The three newly ordained are: Frs. John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham and Keith Newton. The Holy Father has named Fr. Newton, 59, first ordinary of the new ordinariate.