Ordinariate Clergy

The essential issue for the Ordinariate is to find young men wishing to be priests. The present contingent ranges from a few younger men through to a top heavy decidedly elderly batch who will be dropping out of active ministry, if not directly into the grave, over the next five to ten years. The current handful of seminarians
will need to double if not quadruple every year if the present numbers are to be maintained.
There is also a heavy dependence upon CofE clergy moving off the sinking ship and on to the barque of Peter. Clergy attracted to the Ordinariate are like a rare breed and fast running out. Those who have joined the CofE since the foundation of the Ordinariate are unlikely to leave and indeed, are unlikely to be accepted by Rome. So we are looking at an ever decreasing pool of ex Anglican clergy who are of retirement age or older. And from that pool many are opting for the direct route via the local diocese. Here we are talking about the Novus Ordo Anglo Catholic type who know nothing of the Prayer Book tradition or the English Missal and who can slot quite easily into westward facing non descript worship centres wearing the oatmeal coloured polyester poncho. There are many of this type already within the Ordinariate, indeed some are quite hostile to the Book of Divine Worship and all that it entails. So the future is going to be a challenge! Nothing new there of course but it suggests that the present “steady as she goes approach” will need some serious revision unless, of course, we accept the “conspiracy theory” approach which goes something like this. The Bishops of Engkand and Wales never wanted the Ordinariate and have discovered that through acts of extreme kindness they can actually kill it. Offer posts to Ordinariate clergy, who have no income, to run diocesan parishes who thereby become dependent upon the good will of the local bishop. Running one or even two parishes leaves little time for the Ordinariate group which either dies off or is absorbed into the parish structure. Either way it’s a success – the parish has a priest and the Ordinariate disappears. With sincere tears of regret the bishops can say “Well, we did try our best”. Yes, you certainly did.
By Miss Marple

2 thoughts on “Ordinariate Clergy

  1. Yes, I agree. But the situation will hardly change when the DDO for the Ordinariate drags people out to Didcot just to test whether they will actually come (regardless of the fact that they have to spend several hundred pounds in train fare just to get there!) Then does little more than offer them tea and biscuits and have a bit of a chat; the local RC Diocese, on the other hand, made me warmly welcome, told me their structure for considering those feeling a sense of possible calling to serve Christ and the Church through ordained ministry, and even offered to reimburse travel expenses!

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    1. Thanks Andrew. This is not the first time I’ve heard negative comments about the DDO for the Ordinariate. I will copy this comment into a main post so a greater number of people read it. If this isn’t a good idea please comment back. Mass is offered every Monday at St Agatha’s, Portsmouth for vocations to the priesthood. We continue to pray for you whatever your vocation- whether it is to the Priesthood, Deaconate, Married Life etc. Tomorrow I will pray for you during my 6am Morning Rosary. God bless


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