Join us in Rome for Symposium 2019

IMG_1798Now is the time to register for Symposium 2019, an academic conference on the liturgical, ecumenical, ecclesial and canonical implications of Anglicanorum coetibus on its 10th anniversary.

You can find details of the symposium and registration here.

Space is limited and if you are planning on traveling to Rome, best to book your accommodations as soon as possible.

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Great interview with Andrew Petiprin on “Becoming Catholic in a Time of Scandal”

Peter Jesserer Smith has a great interview up at the National Catholic Register with Andrew Petiprin, a former Episcopalian canon working in the chancery of an American diocese, who became Catholic with his family on Jan. 1.

Some might therefore look at Andrew Petriprin as a man who has sold everything to run into a burning house. He left his priestly ministry and position as a canon to the bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee to follow Jesus Christ’s call to enter the Catholic Church Jan. 1, the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.

But Petiprin told the Register that amid the Church’s worst scandal since the Reformation era, there is an “outpouring of grace happening now” — and that, for whatever reason in the midst of this present crisis, God has drawn him and other Christian disciples of Jesus Christ into the fullness of communion and truth found in his Catholic Church.

And, of course, we have to look at what he says about Anglicanorum coetibus and Anglican patrimony! Continue reading

Ordinariate member elected Premier of Alberta

The newly-elected Premier of Alberta is a Catholic of the Anglican tradition, belonging to the Canadian Deanery of Saint John the Baptist.29103747_10156137311342641_5846974212161377586_n_0

Yesterday, the Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MLA, a former federal cabinet minister responsible for numerous portfolios, including as Minister of Defence, was elected the new Premier of Alberta with over 55% of the vote, winning 63/87 seats and a huge majority.

The ordinariate Catholic community is delighted to see one of our own elected as the new Premier of Alberta, a province with two ordinariate communities.

Raised Anglican, Jason became Catholic about thirty years ago when in university. Many people see the ordinariates as a gift to those Anglicans still seeking to become Catholic without leaving behind their heritage, but for many of our members, like Jason, the ordinariate is a restoration of the Anglican tradition to Catholics like them who had previously had to give it up.

As Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Minister for Multiculturalism, Jason became acquainted with and befriended religious communities of all cultural backgrounds, and is understood to have met almost all the patriarchs of every Catholic and Orthodox rite or tradition. He surely understands the beauty of the Catholic Church’s diversity in unity, of which the Anglican ordinariate is a special part.

Congratulations to Jason and to his entire team, and may God’s blessings be upon them as they receive this mandate and embark on this time of public service to the people of the great province of Alberta.

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Podcast with Msgr. Carl Reid now up

215The podcast interview with Msgr. Carl Reid is now available on the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society website.

Thank you to Tim Motte from the cathedral parish of Our Lady of Walsingham for editing and production work.

In other news,  seems the Australians and the Canadians are getting a jump on registrations to Symposium 2019 marking the 10th anniversary of Anglicanorum coetibus.  

If you plan to travel from overseas, now’s the time to make your reservations.




Vatican enhances Ordinariate norms

For only the second time since they were initially promulgated, the Complementary Norms for the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus have been updated, and the two provisions of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI for Catholics of the Anglican tradition have thus been confirmed and strengthened by the Holy See.

Image (3)Some of the changes made to the norms are somewhat cosmetic but others reflect, for the most part, current practice, thus entrenching what is already normally done in the ordinariates. The most important of these changes explicitly link the Ordinariate to the Pastoral Provision and affirm the Catholic identity of the Anglican liturgical tradition belonging to the ordinariate.

Back in November 2009, the constitution and its norms were released at the same time and came into effect simultaneously. Since then the Complementary Norms have been updated only once, under Pope Francis, in May of 2013, when a single clause was added specifying that cradle Catholics may join the ordinariate in certain circumstances. [The previous §2 (2009) then became §3 (2013), and because of these latest changes is now §4 (2019).] Continue reading

On Anglican / Catholic relations

John L. Allen Jr. writes about Anglican and Catholic relations over at Crux.

ROME – Anyone looking at the Vatican’s official news bulletin on Tuesday would have seen two items: A declaration detailing a retreat being hosted this week by Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury for South Sudan’s political leadership, and an updated set of norms for “personal ordinariates”, meaning structures for former Anglicans to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.

At first glance, the only thing the two developments may seem to have in common with one another is the word “Anglican.” In reality, there’s a deeper bond between the two storylines.


The background is that in 2007, the Vatican received a petition from a group called the Traditional Anglican Communion, which had broken with Canterbury over issues such as women priests and bishops and gay clergy, for a form of “corporate communion” with Rome. In effect, Anglicanorum coetibus was Rome’s response.


All this brings us back to this week’s retreat, which is confirmation, if any were needed, that rumors of the death of Catholic/Anglican relations after Anglicanorum coetibus were greatly exaggerated.

Go on over and read the whole thing.  Interesting take.

However, as much as I like seeing him give credit to the Traditional  Anglican Communion, it was not the only group petitioning Rome for unity.  There was Forward in Faith in the UK, and groups from the United States as well.

Symposium 2019: Registration now open!


Registration is now open for Symposium 2019:  Ten Years after Anglicanorum coetibus.

Details of the Symposium, including a schedule of speakers can be found here.

This 10th anniversary symposium will look at the ecclesial, canonical, historical and liturgical implications of Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 Apostolic Constitution that provided for the setting up of personal ordinariates for former Anglicans wishing to become Catholic while retaining some elements of their liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions.

There is no cost to attend, but you are advised to register as space is limited.

Questions can be addressed to



Cardinal Sarah’s warning to the West

If you don’t read anything else today, please read this interview with Cardinal Robert Sarah over at The Catholic Herald.  

A society permeated by the Faith, the Gospel, and natural law is something desirable. It is the job of the lay faithful to construct it. That is in fact their proper vocation. They work for the good of all when they build a city in conformity with human nature and open to Revelation. But the more profound goal of the Church is not to construct a particular model society. The Church has received the mandate to proclaim salvation, which is a supernatural reality. A just society disposes souls to receive the gift of God, but it cannot give salvation. On the other hand, can there be a society that is just and in conformity with the natural law without the gift of grace working in souls? There is great need to proclaim the heart of our Faith: only Jesus saves us from sin. It must be emphasized, however, that evangelization is not complete when it takes hold of social structures. A society inspired by the Gospel protects the weak against the consequences of sin. Conversely, a society cut off from God quickly turns into a dictatorship and becomes a structure of sin, encouraging people toward evil. That is why we can say that there can be no just society without a place for God in the public sphere. A state that officially espouses atheism is an unjust state.  A state that relegates God to the private sphere cuts itself off from the true source of rights and justice. A state that pretends to found rights on good will alone, and does not seek to found the law on an objective order received from the Creator, risks falling into totalitarianism.

That’s just a taste of the profound wisdom of this man.    Your thoughts?