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Why the Ordinariate is not Catholic.

Why the Ordinariate is not Catholic.

The Ordinariate is not Catholic, it is Anglican. Catholics on all levels need to avoid the Ordinariate
as should Anglicans who are seeking to convert to Catholicism. The Ordinariate also serves no
purpose in the context of Unity and instead encourages Anglicans and all of those who are outside
of the Catholic Church to remain where they are.

See concerns about the Ordinariate (in context in the Questions and Answers on the Home Page.)
Specifically as concerning the Ordinariate, these begin at Question 56.

Or continued here first is some background on the Ordinariate:

The Ordinariate; Background:
The Ordinariate as successor to the Pastoral Provision.
The Pastoral Provision, what was it?

The Ordinariate is usually presented as a relatively recent phenomenon but more traditional
Anglicans seeking a recognition of their traditional Anglicanism by the Catholic Church goes back a
very long way. The Ordinariate itself is directly linked to the Pastoral Provision of the 1980's and
the doors which it opened. As with the Ordinariate, the Pastoral Provision had (has) no basis in
Catholic doctrine.

During the 1970's concerns about some liberal inroads, and also their concerns about the authority
of women within their communion, saw a number of individual members of the Episcopalian
community in the USA (part of the world-wide Anglican communion) petition American Catholic
Bishops to the effect that they be allowed to become Catholic priests whilst keeping Anglican
liturgies etc within their Episcopalian (Anglican) parishes which would also (allegedly) convert to
Catholicism whilst being termed “Anglican Use” parishes. All a contradiction but set to fit within a
novelty criteria.

The requests were given effect (by John Paul II) in the early 1980's under what was termed a
“Pastoral Provision.” But it was supposed to have a number of safeguards; these being firstly that it
was under the control of the Catholic Diocesan Bishop. He was the “Pastor” of the “Provision.” The
“Provision” being granted to a married Anglican who had (allegedly) already converted to
Catholicism and who would provide a portfolio of information about himself; as to his suitability
for the Catholic priesthood. And the Bishop was also required to compile a portfolio about him as
well. The next step was for the portfolio to be submitted to the Holy See. If approved a two year
training period followed on, culminating in exams which, if passed, would then see 'ordination.'
Further safeguards were that a Catholic Bishop could refuse to have a Pastoral Provision in his
diocese. But if it was allowed no more than two Pastoral Provision priests were allowed in the
diocese (excluding retired priests) at any one time. There was never any more than seven Anglican
Use parishes in the US in total.

A number of Bishops refused to have the Pastoral Provision in their diocese (perhaps ironically) on
the basis that it would harm ecumenical relations with the Anglicans. The Bishops conference of
England and Wales refused any notion of a Pastoral Provision for England and Wales outright.
A further safeguard was that where it was allowed a Pastoral Provision priest did not (normally)
receive the cura animarum:

“Cura animarum” (technically, the exercise of a clerical office involving the
instruction, by sermons and admonitions, and the sanctification through the
sacraments, of the faithful in a determined district, by a person legitimately
appointed for the purpose.)

And so he was not (normally) involved with the Sacraments of the Church at all. If he did not have
an Anglican Use parish his work was in chaplaincy or a related field and work (in a non-sacramental
capacity)in a Catholic parish at weekends. However, the Pastoral Provision being a novelty, this was
an open door waiting to be acted upon and, needless to say, gradually the Pastoral Provision Priests
(by intent Anglicans) became involved with the Sacraments of the Catholic Church as well. It meant
the following scenario: Pastoral Provision priests ministering the Anglican liturgies in an Anglican Use
parish, but also involved with the Sacraments of the Catholic Church as well.

In terms of Catholic doctrine and true Catholic teaching this is, at very least, a very serious threat to
the security, and integrity, of the Sacraments of the Catholic Church. And to the identity of the
Catholic Church Herself.

Because the Pastoral Provision was/is a novelty its safeguards are virtually meaningless, as
evidenced in its own developments and even more so in its successor; the Ordinariate. The
Ordinariate has its own Ordinary, who has a seat on the Bishop's conference in the country where
that particular Ordinariate is. And it is he who decides who should be a put forward as a candidate
for the Ordinariate priesthood. And which priesthood sees virtually no training. The Ordinariate is
also its own diocese, with deaneries and parishes. Its protestant potential is limitless.

There are five separate but overlapping ways in which the Ordinariate is infiltrating into Catholic
parishes. It is also at an interaction stage with Catholic priests (drawing priests into the saying of
Anglican liturgies.)

The five ways it is inflitraing into Catholic parishes are as follows:

There is the Ordinariate priest or deacon and his Ordinariate group who are using a Catholic parish
as a host and/or as its base. Second is where the Ordinariate priest and his Ordinariate
parishioners/group have their own premises/which was not previously a Catholic church (rare.)
Third is where the Ordinariate priest, with his Ordinariate group in tow, is taking over as parish
priest(parochial administrator) of an existing Catholic parish. Four is where an Ordinariate priest is
appointed directly as a parish priest(parochial administrator.) The appointments are made by the
Catholic Bishop (and, in effect, by the Ordinary.) For both three and four this might be accompanied
by the Catholic parish being formally given over to the Ordinariate and which then becomes an
“Ordinariate “ parish. Five is where there is no Ordinariate priest or deacon and the Ordinariate
group exists within a Catholic parish, but which has a visiting priest.

see further (specifically on the Ordinariate beginning at Question 56):

see also:

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