A royal homily about getting married "in the spirit of a generous God"

Beautiful sentiments from the homily at the royal wedding this morning (and if you have to ask “whose wedding?,” roll over and go back to sleep…).  From the ever-vigilant Frank Weathers, a snip:   “In a sense every wedding is a royal wedding with the bride and the groom as king and queen of creation, [Read More...]

One Anglican priest's leap of faith

One of those who joined the Church during the Triduum is a former Anglican priest with eight children — and, for now, no job. Details, from CNS: It’s a brave decision for Ian Hellyer to give up his job when he has to provide for eight children and his wife is pregnant with the couple’s [Read More...]

Will the Anglicans save the Catholic Church?

Well, they’re certainly giving the Church a shot in the arm. From the Catholic Herald in Britain: Bishop Thomas McMahon of Brentwood is putting on hold plans to cut the number of Masses in his diocese because of an influx of Anglican priests entering the ordinariate. The bishop said he expected around seven new priests [Read More...]

Surge: more Anglican priests preparing to convert

And they’ll reportedly be bringing hundreds of the faithful with them. From the BBC: Seven Anglican priests and 300 members of six congregations are to join a new section of the Catholic Church, the Catholic Diocese of Brentwood says. The move involves three parishes in Essex, and three in east London. It is the largest [Read More...]

"The Flying Bishops" become deacons — UPDATED

And here’s the first snapshot of the former Anglicans, from their ordination on Thursday. More information here. UPDATE: Some details of the ordination, courtesy the Catholic Herald: The private event was attended by approximately 50 people, family and guests of the deacons and the seminarians at Allen Hall. After each receiving the book of the [Read More...]

A new online magazine tracks news of the Ordinariate

And the first big news is the ordination of three former Anglican bishops today as deacons. Details: Today, former Anglican Bishops Andrew Burnham, John Broadhurst and Keith Newton became Catholic deacons, and on Saturday they will be ordained Catholic priests. The first “personal ordinariate” is being born, though its official birth awaits a decree from [Read More...]

A permanent deacon in 1852?

Well, almost. Following up on the news last weekend that three Anglican bishops had crossed the Tiber, Patrick McNamara has an intriguing look back at the first Protestant bishop to do that since the Reformation.  He was Bishop Levi Silliman Ives, from North Carolina.  He joined the Catholic Church, along with his wife, in 1852.  [Read More...]

From bishop to layman to deacon to priest

That’s the unusual trajectory that three former Anglican bishops in Great Britain will take over the next two weeks. From Damien Thompson: So it turns out that John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham and Keith Newton will spend less than two weeks as laymen. According to the Friends of the Ordinariate website, the former bishops of Fulham, Ebbsfleet [Read More...]

"Lo, it was done. We are in communion."

Those are the simple, but stirring words of British blogger Fr. Sean Finnegan, who was present as several people — including three Anglican bishops, wearing simple neckties — joined the Catholic Church at Westminster Cathedral on New Year’s Day.  For a groundbreaking moment of Catholic and Anglican history, it was all surprisingly low key. From [Read More...]

Congregations growing in the UK

It seems that reports of Christianity’s demise in Great Britain may be exaggerated. From The Telegraph: New congregations are being formed to take over old redundant church buildings or to provide more youth-friendly services, helping church membership numbers to rise. Church leaders said the study – the first of its kind for three years – [Read More...]