Here come more Anglicans: up to 100 priests + 2,000 laypeople in U.S.

More news from the USCCB confab in Washington state:

As many as 100 U.S. Anglican priests and 2,000 laypeople could be the first members of a U.S. personal ordinariate for former Anglicans who want to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington reported to his fellow bishops June 15.

Cardinal Wuerl was appointed by the Vatican last September to guide the incorporation of Anglican groups into the Catholic Church in the United States under “Anglicanorum coetibus,” an apostolic constitution issued by Pope Benedict XVI in November 2009.

At a news conference following his report, Cardinal Wuerl said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if the Vatican were to establish the U.S. ordinariate by the end of the year. “I think it will be sooner rather than later,” he said.

Two Anglican congregations in Maryland — St. Luke’s in Bladensburg and Mount Calvary in Baltimore — have announced their intention to join the new ordinariate once it is established.

Addressing the bishops at the close of the first day of their spring general assembly near Seattle, the cardinal said St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston has developed and the Vatican has approved an intensive nine-month program of priestly formation for Anglican clergy who wish to become Catholic priests.

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  1. Eugene Pagano says:

    How will 2,000 laypersons support 100 priests?

    From one who has gone in the other direction.

  2. naturgesetz says:

    All they have to do is tithe.

  3. Is it true that they get to keep their liturgy? It seems inappropriate that current Catholics argue about changes in liturgy while these new Catholics keep theirs.

  4. Thomas J. Trotter 3rd says:

    This is a wonderful sequence of events, Great news.
    Come one, come all, maybe someday, not in my lifetime, we will see the Body of Christ come together
    in one fold. This is already happened in the UK where many have already joined. Now if we can join the
    Orthodox Rites and Eastern Rites and I believe Rome is working on that, we would be well on our way.

  5. pagansister says:

    Whatever gets if for them! Best to be a happy Catholic than an unhappy Anglican! That, of course, works for any religion—why stay if there is unhappiness?

  6. Will,
    It does seem unfair. I converted 26 years ago and while valid sacraments were worth the awful liturgy, it was hard.
    I think the Holy Father is tempering the wind to the shorn lamb.
    I know I struggle with being the Prodigal Son’s elder brother.

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