Monday, February 1, 2010

Anglican -> Catholic In Texas

Since Texas has three Anglican Use parishes already in the state, Cardinal DiNardo has taken the lead in trying to help establish the Anglican Ordinariate locally.  He is teaming up with Archbishop Gomez and Bishop Vann to get this done in TX.  Read more here, below is a snip:
Cardinal DiNardo inherited Our Lady of Walsingham Anglican Use Catholic Church when Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza retired in 2006. OLW has a long history with bishops, archbishops, and now the cardinal of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston stretching back to its very foundation, more than 25 years ago under the episcopal leadership of the late Bishop John Morkovsky.

Because of this rich history, OLW and the two other thriving Anglican Use parishes in Texas, Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio and St. Mary the Virgin in Arlington, are perhaps taking a leading visible role in the implementation of the recently proposed and promulgated Anglicanorum Coetibus thus forming the Anglican Ordinariates.

Already William Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has travelled to the United States to personally discuss the implications and implementation of Anglicanorum Coetibus and the resulting Anglican Ordinarites with his brother bishops in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Our Lady of Walsingham is very fortunate to have Cardinal DiNardo as her episcopal Latin Rite leader because the good Cardinal looks with favor upon his Canterbury children, and as their spiritual shepherd is more than willing to help his Anglican Use family make their way safely into the Anglican Ordinariate with as little difficulty, snafus and trepidation as possible.

The Cardinal would not hazard a guess as to when the Anglican Ordinariate would be formally established other than to say that Pope Benedict XVI in the Anglicanorum Coetibus has mandated the Ordinariates, therefore, they will happen in Rome's good timing. He urged abundant patience as Vatican wheels churned out the details.

In fact, the Cardinal hopes that his established warm relationship with OLW will continue even after the Anglican Use parish becomes a formal part of the Anglican Ordinariate. He would like to have a close fraternal bond with the first Ordinary -- whom he hopes is a Catholic bishop and not a Pastoral Provision priest, even one who formerly may have been an Episcopal bishop -- of the new Ordinariate. He would welcome invitations to visit OLW since the church would remain tucked within the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston much like the Vatican is located within the city walls of Rome.

Looking towards the future actuality of an American Ordinariate, Cardinal DiNardo has already joined with Archbishop José Gomez of the Archdiocese of San Antonio -- home to Our Lady of the Atonement Anglican Use Catholic Church and OLA Academy -- and Bishop Kevin Vann of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth -- home to St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Use Catholic Church in putting their mitered heads together and forging a way for the three Latin Rite jurisdictions to transfer their Anglican Use parish and school properties to the Anglican Ordinariate when the Vatican-designed ecclesial structure gets up and running.
Tip O' the hat to Rocco.

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