[Editor's Note: Fr. Longenecker will be in Baltimore on Sunday, January 22nd, preaching at Evensong on the Vigil for the D.C. March for Life at the church of Mount Calvary. Fr. Steenson, ordinary of the Ordinariate of The Chair of St. Peter, will preside.]
GREENVILLE, SC (Catholic Online) - The global readership of Catholic Online is very familiar with Fr Dwight Longenecker. He is one of our favorite guest contributors.
We have extensively covered the Ordinariates established through an Apostolic Constitution for Anglicans seeking full communion with the Catholic Church while maintaining much of their patrimony. We caught up with Fr Dwight and asked him a few questions conncerning the Ordinariates. His responses are insightful and inspiring:
Q: Last year in England the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was erected. A few weeks ago here in the USA the Ordinariate of the Chair of Peter was established. Can you explain what this is all about?
A: An "Ordinariate" is a special structure within the Catholic Church which allows jurisdiction for a group of Catholics who are outside the normal geographical boundaries of the Diocesan system. For example there is a "Military Ordinariate" for all those who live and work within the military, but who move from place to place. These personal ordinariates are being established for groups of Christians from the Anglican tradition to come into full communion with the Catholic Church while retaining their some of their own customs and traditions. These are being called "Anglican Ordinariates."...
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