April 5, 2012
- Fr. Barnes, when I interviewed you two years ago, you were an Anglican bishop. Now you are a Catholic priest. Are you happy with the change?
Yes, very happy indeed. No regrets.
- Has your relationship with God, with Our Lady, with the saints changed in any way?
I hope it has deepened, but that is not for me to judge
- Have you felt welcome in the Roman Catholic Church? Any bad experiences?
Thoroughly welcome; and no bad experiences at all.
- Have you received/are you receiving any training as a Catholic priest?
Yes, I attended an initial three-month course with weekly sessions at Allen Hall Seminary in Chelsea. Now, as a former Anglican bishop, I am not required to continue attending, but I do so on a monthly basis and intend to continue for the next two years. I am also receiving great help and support from local priests in developing a certain ‘Romanitas’.
- What are your current tasks in the Ordinariate? Do the priests of the Ordinariate work only with their Anglo-Catholic parishioners or do you also help at diocesan parishes?
I have temporary responsibility for an Ordinariate Group which meets twice each week in Bournemouth, in a Catholic Parish Church. I also assist in our local Catholic parish – I have said Mass there three times this week, and have also heard confessions. Besides this I join with other priests in the Pastoral Area and in the last two weeks have been present at two liturgies of reconciliation, hearing confessions. I have also spoken to groups of priests about the Ordinariate and have joined CCC (the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy).
- Have you petitioned the Holy See to be able to use mitre and crozier, as is your privilege as a former Anglican bishop?
No, nor shall I. I am simply a priest of the Ordinariate and am happy to remain so...
Read the rest of this interview with Fr. Barnes at the Ordinariate Portal.