Friday, April 01, 2011

Cranmer crosses the Tiber to join the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

As some have suspected, His Grace has been moving this way for some time. His camel’s back has been burdened for about a year, and two straws finally broke it: women bishops are as un-Catholic as a binding covenant is un-Anglican. There is a need for a narrower definition of Anglican belief in order to block Anglican clergy from pursuing liberal and potentially divisive policies, and it is clear that this may be found only in the Ordinariate under the aegis of Papal authority. The supreme law of the Church is the salvation of souls. As such, throughout its history, the Church has always found the pastoral and juridical means to care for the good of the faithful. With the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, promulgated on 4th November 2009, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, provided for the establishment of Personal ordinariates through which Anglican faithful may enter, even in a corporate manner, into full communion with the Catholic Church. This was both generously ecumenical and ecclesially prophetic.

Over recent years, Roman Catholics have begun to understand Catholic-minded Anglicans a lot better, and so His Grace finally decided to join his fellow bishops – now monsignors – and erstwhile vicars – now priests – in the joyous and generous fellowship created by His Holiness, and was finally received into full communion at Westminster Cathedral on Sunday 13 March 2011. On that glorious day, His Grace joined 847 adults from 144 parishes in the Diocese of Westminster who took the penultimate step in their journey to become Catholics by taking part in the 2011 ‘Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates’.

This really was a difficult choice, not least because of what His Grace has endured at the behest and hands of some of Rome’s more unpleasant communicants. But he celebrates his Call to Continuing Conversion and looks forward enormously to ‘coming home’ and being received into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

The ceremony was presided over by the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols. Auxiliary Bishops of Westminster, Bishop John Arnold, Bishop Alan Hopes and Bishop George Stack assisted, as did the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Fr Keith Newton.

His Grace rapturously declares that the ultimate truth of Jesus Christ is to be found in the Catholic Church. His Grace has been Protestant and Anglican, but increasingly it has been the One True Catholic faith that has appealed more and more. There is not only a unified sense of community in the spirit of the Church, but it is a rock – the Rock – in a world of shifting sand.

His Grace finds in the Sacrifice of the Mass a sense of the familiarity of coming home: it is like being born again. He understands that this decision will shock and displease as many of his communicants as it will surprise and delight. But he hopes, in a spirit of ecumenical agape, that we might all continue to walk with Him who will guide us into all truth.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

April fool's.

1 April 2011 at 09:20  
Blogger William said...

Nice one!

1 April 2011 at 09:20  
Anonymous Stuart said...

I call April fools....

1 April 2011 at 09:22  
Blogger The Heresiarch said...

So pleased to hear it. Personally, I've decided to become a Muslim - but my prayers go with you all the same.

1 April 2011 at 09:23  
Blogger Matthew said...

Is the whole ordinariate thingy a big April Fool. I didn't think Benedict had such a sharp sense of humour. He's gone up so far in my estimation that I might consider becoming a Catholic.

1 April 2011 at 09:30  
Blogger LobotomySpoon82 said...

Well he got me. I forgot it was April Fool's Day, lol!

1 April 2011 at 09:37  
Anonymous H-Bomb said...

Personally I prefer having a direct line to God without having to go through the exchange, but each to their own.

1 April 2011 at 09:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy April 1st


1 April 2011 at 09:40  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

Doh! The light didn't dawn til about paragraph 3!

1 April 2011 at 09:47  
Anonymous Caedmon's Cat said...

Make me Pope today, and I'll become a Catholic tomorrow ;-)

1 April 2011 at 09:48  
Blogger Father David said...

Don't forget to take your Anglican Patrimony with you when you go. But methinks that when you encounter all those guitar folk masses - you'll soon be back again!

1 April 2011 at 10:09  
OpenID tjhilton said...

I read most of the way to the bottom before realising what was going on. Nice one your grace!

1 April 2011 at 10:09  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Yeah, yeah and the Pope's your charlady.


1 April 2011 at 10:19  
Blogger Paul said...

4 words into the title and I knew what was going on. Nice one though...

1 April 2011 at 10:19  
Anonymous MrJ said...

Some do (as Newman, Manning and others in their generation) others don't. Such a well argued case (in the style to which we have become accustomed) raises expectations for the pulling of the other one. Seriously though...

If the fourth word was not enough, the link in line 2 was a fair caveat.

1 April 2011 at 10:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never thought that his Grace had a sense of humour. I have been proved wrong.

1 April 2011 at 11:10  
Anonymous MrJ said...

For 1 April, this is a keen competitor: it has been reported that Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah of Kuwait is funding the Al-Sabah Programme in International Relations, Regional Politics and Security at Durham University.


1 April 2011 at 11:13  
Anonymous Kesterr said...

Wasn't quite sure what I was reading until the first line of paragraph 5.

Well done your Grace!

1 April 2011 at 11:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'll be joining the Labour Party next!

1 April 2011 at 11:47  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

You old devil, Cranny.

1 April 2011 at 12:04  
Blogger Harry-ca-Nab said...

Seriously though, I think you are much happier being unhappy in the CofE than being happy moving back to the one true Church.

1 April 2011 at 12:07  
Anonymous graham wood said...

Cranny. I do sincerely hope it is not a "double" April Fool, resulting in a permanent Romanising 'habit' ?

1 April 2011 at 12:09  
Anonymous Gordo said...

Nice one!

1 April 2011 at 12:15  
Blogger Ernsty and Crazy Tiddles said...

Your Grace

Gotcha! Brilliant.

Ernst nearly choked on his crumpet..(Bred in the Bone would be pleased).

Thought your communicants would have to grab that hand and force it in the flames AGAIN.

Ernsty has been tickled.

E S Blofeld

1 April 2011 at 12:26  
Anonymous Cardinal Richelieu said...


Thought we had got the 'Jewel in The Crown' of the CoE.

I HATE April Fool's day.

Sacre Bleu et fils de salope.

Bless You.

1 April 2011 at 12:39  
Anonymous John Thomas said...

No, no, no, Cranmer - a small point (not at all related to Catholicism), but an important one: " ...pursuing liberal and potentially divisive policies..." should be "...pursuing 'liberal' and potentially divisive policies ..." Spot the crucial difference?

1 April 2011 at 12:45  
Anonymous Justin Hinchcliffe said...

If this indeed true, then well done and good luck. Many of us will be heading that way once (and if) the church foists women bishops on traditionalists.

1 April 2011 at 12:47  
Blogger Ernsty and Crazy Tiddles said...

J H 1 April 2011 12:45

There's always a civil servant somewhere, ALWAYS, to spoil the jape.

E S Blofeld

1 April 2011 at 12:51  
Blogger Nick Fortescue said...

His Grace may wish to consider Proverbs 26vv18-19

1 April 2011 at 12:56  
Blogger William said...

Ernsty (if I may be so forward)

That's one crazy cat! Has she had her rabies jabs?

1 April 2011 at 13:24  
Blogger Ernsty and Crazy Tiddles said...

Sweet William said 1 April 2011 13:24

"That's one crazy cat!

Tiddles is damned angry at the moment what with an AV vote (think you can safely say she is NO) coming up when she wanted an EU Referendum and Pro Muslim Thugs closing down a bona--fide Jewish trader, etc.

Has she had her rabies jabs?

Er. Would you go near her with that Uzi in her mitts, with a needle. Ernst is eccentric, my sweet lad but NOT crazy"

Ernsty, my boy.

1 April 2011 at 13:35  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Nice one.

1 April 2011 at 13:38  
Anonymous wannabeanglican said...

Oh dear. Fooled me, too.

1 April 2011 at 14:21  
Blogger peggy38 said...

Happy April Fool's Day, Your Grace!

Good one! :-)

1 April 2011 at 14:22  
Anonymous Voyager said...

I had hoped you would join the Orthodox Church and grow a beard.......but

1 April 2011 at 14:27  
Blogger Father David said...

If the photograph which heads His Grace's Blog wasn't cut off at the neck then Voyager would realise that the good Archbishop already sports a beard that would compete with the hairy chins of any Orthodox Patriarch or Archimandrite. No pogonophobe is he!

1 April 2011 at 14:40  
OpenID gerv said...

Very good. You had me until about the 3rd para! :-)


1 April 2011 at 15:28  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

I wish you well, as some of us still believe in the power of the life giving waters at the old wishing well.

Why others prefare a dried up old Bush and turn to the ky jelly

1 April 2011 at 16:15  
Anonymous IanCad said...

I'm not a morning person and I have to admit that I was thinking of zapping you from my favourites list. Completely got me until the last paragraph. Well done!!

1 April 2011 at 16:23  
Blogger MFH said...

Got me H,L& S

1 April 2011 at 19:48  
Blogger Kilsally said...

phew. April fool

1 April 2011 at 20:50  
Blogger The Last Dodo said...

Shame on you if this is an April Fool's 'joke'.

There's nothing light-hearted about abandoning the Church of England for Roman Catholicism and many have done so with a heaviness of heart.

Congratulations and welcome if you are being honest and sincere.

This year 891 sincere adults took part in the 'Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates'. 62 of these were adults celebrating their call to reception into full communion with the Catholic Church.

Anthony Curran, Director of Catechetics for the Diocese of Westminster said: “ ... each year at the Rite of Election our Cathedral is full of people who want to affirm their belief in God and His Church. These are people who have found in the Catholic Church the presence of Christ, who invites them in their daily lives to the fullness of life that only God can bring to their lives. This year was truly a historic celebration of the Rite of Election as we were joined by the first group of candidates for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The celebration of the Rite of Election is a real sign to society and the Church that God is moving in the World and inspiring people to seek the face of His Son Jesus and to live by the Gospel, that He came to proclaim two thousand years ago.”

Not really a topic for sarcastic banter.

1 April 2011 at 21:22  
Blogger Chancellor More said...

Pax Christi vobiscum

1 April 2011 at 21:39  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Oh dear, YG. I typed 'Cranmer' into WCathedral's search box and they've never heard of you. So that's the sort of thing you can expect from now on, especially if you decide to be a euro to boot!

Still. Your Spiritual Grace and the graven Image of OLW may now empathise over your respective conflagrations.

And perhaps the Ordinary mentioned you to el papa at their meeting, today! He took gifts home to Rome; though, of course, the coffers cannot have included the jewels originally attached to OLW's statue.

Oh dear, YG.
(Happy April Fool's Day, even if you do speak figuratively:)

1 April 2011 at 21:43  
Anonymous Cardinal Pole said...

Does this mean the other side has to burn you now?

2 April 2011 at 00:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just about to delete this illuminating blog from my favourites! We turn to you, your Grace, for an orthodox Anglican stance which does not appease Rome nor forget the unique Anglican call of the via media.

On the method that Rome chooses to 'receive' Anglicans and other Christians into its fold: I find it insulting that baptised Christians are made to join the Lenten catechumenate process designed primarily for the unbaptised for Easter enlightenment. Rome's statements about the dignity of our shared baptism are all hollow and deceptive.

How right you were in your denunciation of Rome, your Grace, when they dragged you from that kangaroo court and you denounced the Bishop of Rome as 'anti-Christ'(ian). Nothing has changed since 1556 except reformed Christians forgetting their heritage through historical amnesia otherwise known as ecumenism on Rome's terms.

I pity the 'converts' as they seek in Rome's self-serving dogmatism, what they will only find in the truth of the Word of God, our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 April 2011 at 03:34  
Blogger Adulcia said...

Part of my problem is that with the international date line and time zones etc it's April 2nd by the time I read this.
Good post tho.

2 April 2011 at 05:47  
Blogger The Last Dodo said...

Anonymous said - 2nd April 03.34

My, my some people do live in the past! 1556? Long, long time ago. And what a flawed understanding of Catholicism too.

2 April 2011 at 10:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice one Your Grace.

2 April 2011 at 11:18  
Anonymous meltemian said...

Blimey! It'll be canonisation next.

2 April 2011 at 11:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank the Lord for the comments section. I was fooled (and not a little depressed)

2 April 2011 at 11:58  
Blogger The Last Dodo said...

Maybe the 'April Fool' is that this isn't an 'April Fool'.

Let's face, whatever the truth of this, (does anyone really care if it's no more than an attention seeking ploy?), the Angligan communion isn't so much a via media as an exceedingly broad media and we know what Jesus said about treading a broad path.

2 April 2011 at 16:22  
Anonymous len said...

The Last Dodo,

H G would indeed be an 'April fool' to make the same mistake twice.

All roads may lead to Rome but there is only one narrow path that leads to Heaven.

3 April 2011 at 09:45  
Anonymous Sibyl said...

The Church of Rome has its own wildfires to put out amongst its own people and institutions.

Those Church of Englanders setting sail across the Tiber were willing to tolerate gay clergy forever, just not women bishops. That's their standard, so they will certainly find they will fit right in and feel at home in the Roman Catholic Church.

3 April 2011 at 17:36  
Anonymous DanJ0 said...

^ Christians inordinately worried about homosexuality! Who'd have thought it?


3 April 2011 at 18:17  
Blogger The Last Dodo said...

len said:

"All roads may lead to Rome but there is only one narrow path that leads to Heaven."

Yes, agreed. Its a road of loving God, self sacrifice and love of our neighbour.

Call me 'radical', I think Christ will judge us all not according to the 'religion' we followed but according to how we loved God and one another. No?

For me Roman Catholicism just makes perfect sense and is a source of great spiritual strength and help in life.

Tread your path friend; I'll follow mine. It is narrow but who knows we may actually be on the same one despite our differences.

God Bless.

5 April 2011 at 00:56  
Anonymous Sane Stan said...

Sybil said 3 April 2011 17:36

what's in a name/s??

Very Revealing.

Dr Cornelia Wilbur..HELP.

The Dissociative Identity Disorder person is back again!

5 April 2011 at 02:15  
Anonymous Petronius said...

"LOL"! I actually took this post to be sincere, until I remembered the date! Good April Fool, your Grace!

Look, the way I see it is: some of us are born and raised in the Anglican branch of the Chriustian faith, and some are born and raised in the Catholic branch ( I myself am in the latter category, as it happens). Now, I fully appreciate the differences of doctrine between RC's amd CoE's, and I think that both have very valuable arguments to add to our faith. However, I think that C S Lewis spoke very wisely when he said that any new Christian ought to stay within the denomination which (s)he was in when first converted to Christianity.
Us RC's like to think we know it all, but we don't. Similarly, neither does the CoE "know it all". Paul himself makes this plain when he writes that, notwithstanding the visionary revelations granted unto him, he STILL does not consider himself to have reached a full knowledge of God, but rather, he 'presses on to win the race'.
It's this humble "pressing onwards" that is the important thing in my view, we can never say that we have achieved full Christ-likeness on this earth. Some of us look to the RC church to help us in our pressing onwards, and some of us seek this help within the 39 Articles of the Reformed Churches. None of us can ever say that we have totally "got it all" on this earth, we just strive to move forward as best we can in Christ.

5 April 2011 at 23:41  
Blogger StephenRBeet said...

This is all very confusing. What can the traditional Anglicans do?? Thoseof us who whole to Prayer book catholic principles? We are not papists - neither were the great priests of the Anglo-Catholic movement - Wainright, Louder. I'm sure they would be against this.

Reverend confused

21 April 2011 at 17:37  

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