The following is from the blog that goes by the misnomer, The Anglo-Catholic. Here we call it the Former Anglican blog. First we see Mr. Campbell's own take on the piece that follows. Editorial comments by me will be posted in red.
As we hear long over due honesty, the phrase "from the horse's mouth" seems appropriate. To that end we include music to help get you in the mood.
Ethnic Parishes for Anglicans: A Provocatively Modest View of the Ordinariates
Go and live where the Church is at the lowest and the scandals are real; if you cannot keep your faith in Rome in the face of all such things you do not really believe in her.
And here, I expect, I will meet my first objections. Some will say, “But we’re not converting, we’re entering Communion.” My reading of the documents says that conversion is what is being asked. It is being asked as pastorally as possible and with all due respect for the riches of the Anglican patrimony, but members of the Ordinariate are being asked to enter full, visible communion with the Universal Church from bodies that the Holy See does not recognize as properly constituted churches. To enter an Ordinariate is to believe that you are currently a member of a body that is defective in some way that the [Roman] Catholic Church is not (And, we are not defective in ways that the Roman Catholic Church is defective. I'll take our faults over clergy riddled with child sex abuse scandals, clergy shortage due to a destructive dinosaur rule about clerical celibacy, and false doctrines that obscure the Gospel, any day). True, this is a package tour with a protected enclave waiting on the other side with many familiar furnishings, but it remains a new ecclesiastical address and you can only get there by the narrow gate of conversion or, in the traditional idiom, which we current and former Anglicans love, by making your submission to the Holy See.
We do not object at all to such frank admission of the facts. We have been trying to tell them this from day one: Rome will consider you to be converts, and instead of inter-communion, or a "uniate," you are being given the "generous"- in a certain animal's eye- offer to submit yourselves totally to the Bishop of Rome.
In a you know what's eye. And, "incredible" is not the word I would choose. Personally, I think the current pope has more credibility than many of his predecessors.
I believe that to join an Ordinariate is to promise before God that, when I am traveling and not able to attend an Ordinariate parish on Sunday, under pain of mortal sin I will assist at a folk Mass with streamers and liturgical dancers, if that is all there is to be found, in order to fulfill my Sunday obligation.
That’s the somewhat provocative crux of what I understand it to mean to join an Ordinariate and I think that this is the level of love for the [Roman] Catholic Church you will need to have or to hope to be given by grace (or a stiff upper lip) to be happy over here. You have to have come to love the idea of the [Roman] Catholic Church in its [alleged] fullness more than the reality of the Anglican patrimony at its best. You need to strongly suspect that there may be something ontologically present in a progressive, praise-band parish in a scandal-ridden Roman Catholic diocese that is lacking in Anglicanism’s greatest shrines (greatest shrines? Maybe so; but, not in Anglicanism as we Continue it), because, contrary to what may seem to be much visual evidence to the contrary, the former is a constituent member of the body in which the fullness of the Catholic Church subsists while the latter is not. ("Better to be buggered by a real priest than blessed by your Absolutely Null and Utterly Void phony baloney priest. At least it's valid when the real one does, well, whatever it is he does." )
Actually, I am glad for Brother Stephen. I have inserted my honest responses to the kind of RC drivel he has long accepted, and therefore churns out without thinking about the reaction it ought to provoke. He is not to be blamed. Insensitivity to Anglicans is simply the inevitable result of embracing a position in which someone else's alleged invalidity becomes a matter of dogma underlying one's own sense of identity. But, thank God for an honest man. How long will it be before the Former Anglican blogmeister says, "oops," and takes it down?