Heartfelt congratulations

Having left detailed blogging about the newly-established Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham to the eloquent bloggers and reporters across the North Sea, it is such a momentous occasion in the modern Church that I won’t completely ignore it.

Three Anglican bishops have taken up Pope Benedict’s invitation to come home to the Catholic Church, and now, as priests, they are to lead the ordinariate in England and Wales that exists to allow groups of Anglicans to return while maintaining their centuries-old traditions, liturgy and spirituality. But they will be Catholics again.

Yesterday, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster ordained these three former bishops to the Catholic priesthood.

Father Keith Newton, pictured here with his wife, is appointed as the first ordinary of the ordinariate. He was formerly the Anglican bishop of Richborough.
Father Andrew Burnham, formerly bishop of Ebbsfleet, is congratulated by Archbishop Nichols following his ordination.
Father John Broadhurst, until recently the Anglican bishop of Fulham.

In the next months, two more former bishops and some fifty Anglican priests intend to be received in the Catholic Church.

Photo credit: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk