zaterdag 15 januari 2011

Van Newman tot Newton. Anglicaans Ordinariaat in Engeland opgericht, eerste ordinarius benoemd

Vanaf vandaag bestaat het "Engels stuk van de Wereldkerk waarin C.S. Lewis zich thuis gevoeld zou hebben". De H. Stoel heeft officieel het Ordinariaat van Onze Lieve Vrouw van Walsingham opgericht, met als territorium Engeland en Wales; zeg maar een groot bisdom, speciaal voor die anglicanen, priesters en leken, die katholiek willen worden met behoud van hun hele anglicaanse traditie (voor zover die niet in strijd is met het katholieke geloof). Het is het eerste anglicaanse Ordinariaat binnen de katholieke Kerk, maar gemeenschappen in Schotland, Canada en Australië hebben al om een soortgelijk ordinariaat gevraagd.
Eerste ordinarius wordt Keith Newton, tot voor enkele maanden anglicaans bisschop van Richborough. In november publiceerden wij de mooie brief waarin hij uitlegde waarom hij katholiek wordt. Op 1 januari is hij samen met zijn vrouw opgenomen in de katholieke Kerk, en vanochtend is hij samen met twee andere voormalige bisschoppen van de anglicaanse Kerk in de kathedraal van Westminster tot katholiek priester gewijd. En vandaag heeft B16 hem benoemd tot eerste ordinarius (d.w.z. quasi-bisschop, leider van het ordinariaat, zonder bisschop te zijn; hij kan geen bisschop worden, omdat hij getrouwd is).
Hier het hele persbericht van de H. Stoel:
In accordance with the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus of Pope Benedict XVI (November 4, 2009) and after careful consultation with the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has today erected a Personal Ordinariate within the territory of England and Wales for those groups of Anglican clergy and faithful who have expressed their desire to enter into full visible communion with the Catholic Church. The Decree of Erection specifies that the Ordinariate will be known as the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and will be placed under the patronage of Blessed John Henry Newman.
A Personal Ordinariate is a canonical structure that provides for corporate reunion in such a way that allows former Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of their distinctive Anglican patrimony. With this structure, the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus seeks to balance on the one hand the concern to preserve the worthy Anglican liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions and, on the other hand, the concern that these groups and their clergy will be fully integrated into the Catholic Church.
For doctrinal reasons the Church does not, in any circumstances, allow the ordination of married men as Bishops. However, the Apostolic Constitution does provide, under certain conditions, for the ordination as Catholic priests of former Anglican married clergy. Today at Westminster Cathedral in London, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, ordained to the Catholic priesthood three former Anglican Bishops: Reverend Andrew Burnham, Reverend Keith Newton, and Reverend John Broadhurst.
Also today Pope Benedict XVI has nominated Reverend Keith Newton as the first Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Together with Reverend Burnham and Reverend Broadhurst, Reverend Newton will oversee the catechetical preparation of the first groups of Anglicans in England and Wales who will be received into the Catholic Church together with their pastors at Easter, and to accompany the clergy preparing for ordination to the Catholic priesthood around Pentecost.
The provision of this new structure is consistent with the commitment to ecumenical dialogue, which continues to be a priority for the Catholic Church. The initiative leading to the publication of the Apostolic Constitution and the erection of this Personal Ordinariate came from a number of different groups of Anglicans who have declared that they share the common Catholic faith as it is expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and accept the Petrine ministry as something Christ willed for the Church. For them, the time has now come to express this implicit unity in the visible form of full communion.
In de Catholic Herald doet Anna Arco verslag van de priesterwijding vanochtend in Westminster. De laatste zinnen:
After the Mass, one young woman in the congregation who hopes to be in the first wave of the ordinariate, said: “I thought it was tremendous and very moving and utterly joyful and historic. I feel so proud and thankful to the Pope. It’s just beyond our wildest dreams.
I want to say it’s like coming home, but that’s a cliché, but that’s what feels like.”
Vele mooie en ware dingen zijn "cliché". Nogmaals: van harte welkom!!

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