Instant interview with Monsignor William Stetson:
Mgr. William Stetson is the Secretary of the Pastoral Provision. The Pastoral Provision is the structure provided by Pope John Paul II in 1980 to enable married former Episcopal Priests to be ordained as Catholic priests. The Pastoral Provision also empowers the establishment of personal parishes which use the Anglican Use liturgy. A 'personal parish' is a parish defined by persons to whom the church wishes to give special pastoral care because of their particular needs--in this case non Catholic Christians from the Episcopal Church.
The Pastoral Provision was first overseen by Bishop (later Cardinal) Bernard Law. Who was called the Ecclesiastical Delegate. Since 1996 the Ecclesiastical Delegate has been Archbishop John Myers of Newark. Monsignor Stetson works for him--meeting candidates, managing the examination process and guiding the application for dispensations to Rome.
I spoke with Mgr. Stetson after breakfast here at the Pastoral Provision retreat...
Read the rest of the interview at Fr. Longenecker's blog Standing on My Head.
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