Thursday, April 19, 2012
The current state of the Ordinariates in North America - no surprises
Fr. Victor Novak, Rector of HOLY CROSS ANGLICAN CHURCH sent the following in an email addressed to several recipients:
This is a tempest in a teapot just as I said it would be. When the Bishop of Rome issued Anglicanorum Coetibus it was said that 400,000 continuing Anglicans plus many more from the Church of England and the Anglican Communion would be rushing for the bridges of the Tiber. On Sunday, the Roman authorities held "ceremonies across the country" to receive Anglicans in Canada wanting to join the new Anglican Ordinariate of the Roman Catholic Church. Only around 100 confused Anglicans in all of Canada accepted the Roman bishop's "generous offer." Still, Rome is hoping for "dozens" more in upcoming weeks!
Only about 1,400 Anglicans out of 27 million have joined the new Ordinariate in Great Britain, and about 1,000 more are said to be on the Roman road in the United States - and that number may be wishful thinking as well. Despite the hype, the wishful thinking on the part of Rome, and the "generous offer" of the Roman bishop, Anglicans are not going to leave their Church to submit to an unreformed papacy. It is just not going to happen. Yes, we have got problems; but I would not trade our problems for their deeply rooted doctrinal errors, nominal Christianity, and moral scandals.
Sunday, April 15th, was the day that Anglicans from all over Canada were to be received into the Roman Church. The attached article will tell you about the lonely 100. I feel bad for them. My heart is captive to the Word of God. Here I stand. I can do no other. May God bless the ongoing New Reformation in the Anglican Communion. We have lived through a long Good Friday, but Easter morning always follow Good Friday. A new Springtime is coming. I can already smell the first flowers of Spring. Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! The best is yet to come!!!