I am continuing to note a distinct lack of charity and warmth towards the Ordinariate from within the Church of England. Why is this? One might have supposed that there are many reasons for people to be happy. Supporters of progressive innovations should really be delighted. What better way forward for them than to be rid of those pesky traditionalists (who oppose women bishops and gay marriage and all else) than in the finding of a new home in an entirely different church body? WATCH might have been forgiven for joining the supporters of the Ordinariate and waving goodbye with glee to those departing.
Diocesan bishops might also have shared in this relief. We all know that there is a financial black hole in many diocesan budgets and that parishes need to be cut. What better than being saved from the tough decisions by leasing an expensive building to a departing congregation and then profiting from the sale of the parsonage house? Additionally those leaving ensure a more cohesive ecclesiology as there are less protesting parishes than before...
Read the rest on the blog of St. Barnabas parish maintained by Fr. Edward Tomlinson, SSC.
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