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Westminster Archbishop backs bid to bring Ordinariate to every parish

Archbishop Vincent Nichols is supporting a new initiative to promote the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham that will see every parish in England and Wales contacted about it.

The initiative is organised by the Friends of the Ordinariate, a charity established by lay Catholics to support the Ordinariate that is a structure set up in 2011 by then Pope Benedict XVI to allow Anglicans who wish to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church to do so whilst bringing with them some of their Anglican traditions, music and practices.

Nicolas Ollivant, chairman of the ‘Friends’ said a letter will be sent to all parishes in England and Wales from Mgr Keith Newton, the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate, with information about the Friends’ initiative to that to coincide with the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham in September. A message of support from Archbishop Nichols (above), sent in his capacity as President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, will accompany the letter.

“The aim is to spread the good news about the spiritual gifts which are being brought into the Catholic Church by the clergy and lay members of the Ordinariate and highlight some of the treasures of the Anglican tradition with which the Ordinariate is enriching the life of the Church,” Mr Ollivant said.

“We also want to explain the purpose and structure of the Ordinariate to those Catholics—and others— who know little about it and encourage them to support its development.”


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