Catholic Online REPORT - Saturday morning, January 15, 2010, in Westminster Cathedral, Church history was made and a prophetic homecoming began. Three former Anglican Bishops, who had resigned their ministry in order to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church through the Anglican Ordinariate, were ordained as Catholic Priests. The ordination into the Priesthood of Christ was administered by one of the successors of the Apostles, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster. In his beautiful homily, the Archbishop proclaimed:
"Today we thank the Holy Father for the courageous leadership he gives in establishing the first Personal Ordinariate. His intentions are clear. It is, as he has said, "a prophetic gesture". It is to contribute to the wider goal of visible unity between our two Churches by helping us to know in practice how our patrimonies of faith and living can strengthen each other in our mission today. At Oscott College, the Holy Father said to us bishops:'It (the Ordinariate) helps us to set our sights on the ultimate goal of all ecumenical activity: the restoration of full ecclesial communion in the context of which the mutual exchange of gifts from our respective spiritual patrimonies serves as an enrichment to us all.'"
"The visible unity of the Church, then, is central to our thoughts today. Indeed, it was never far from the heart of St Paul as is well expressed in his Letter to the Ephesians and, a little earlier, to the Philippians. His appeal is steadfast: that believing in Christ as Lord, that sharing in one Spirit, that worship of one God and Father create a unity which must be constantly served by the practice of humility, gentleness, patience and love. In Philippians he is more explicit about the attitudes and behaviours that threaten this unity: selfish ambition for the power of office; the search for personal approval or prestige; a focus on the importance of self within a competitive spirit, all taking us away from 'the mind of Christ Jesus'. (cf Phil 2.1©5)."
Underscoring the prophetic nature of this moment the first Ordinariate was dedicated to Blessed John Henry Newman. Along with several others who have regularly written on this amazing chapter in Church history, I expected this patronage. It confirms the Holy Father's intentional choice to raise Cardinal Newman to the altar as Blessed this past year in person and the connection between Blessed Newman and these extraordinary events we are currently living through. Newman's own journey continues and his prayer for his Anglican brethren is being answered. In addition, this first Ordinariate is named after Our Lady of Walsingham, a title given to the Mother of the Lord which has given rise to a deeply held devotion shared by both Catholics and Anglicans.A shrine bearing her name in England is frequented by both Anglicans and Catholics.
In addition there was another announcement made upon the erection of this first Ordinariate. It confirms how the selection of Ordinaries will be made going forward since this first one serves as a model for those already in waiting in Australia, Canada and the United States. Under the Apostolic Constitution which established the Ordinariate, Ordinaries may be chosen from among either Priests or Bishops. These men will preside over an Ordinariate once it is erected.
Last year I wrote an article on reports that the first ordinary chosen would be the former Anglican Bishop of Richborough, now Fr. Keith Newton. Now, it is confirmed. Fr. Newton is the first Ordinary of the first Ordinariate in England and Wales. As a married man ordained to the priesthood, he cannot become a Bishop. This is an ancient practice and is still the practice among Eastern Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic.
However, he can and will serve in leadership in one more example of the profound wisdom contained in the juridic structure which the Holy Father put in place for our Anglican friends coming home. Fr. Keith Newton will function as a sort of Arch-Priest, who is now given jurisdiction over the Ordinariate of England and Wales. Fr. Newton's daughter served as a Lector at the Ordination liturgy and the wives of all three deacons brought forward their priestly vestments at the appointed time.
As expected, the Holy See released the formal text or Bull erecting this first ordinariate. It was read at the beginning of the Liturgy of Ordination and is set forth below:
In accordance with the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus of Pope Benedict XVI (November 4, 2009) and after careful consultation with the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has today erected a Personal Ordinariate within the territory of England and Wales for those groups of Anglican clergy and faithful who have expressed their desire to enter into full visible communion with the Catholic Church. The Decree of Erection specifies that the Ordinariate will be known as the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and will be placed under the patronage of Blessed John Henry Newman.
A Personal Ordinariate is a canonical structure that provides for corporate reunion in such a way that allows former Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of their distinctive Anglican patrimony. With this structure, the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus seeks to balance on the one hand the concern to preserve the worthy Anglican liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions and, on the other hand, the concern that these groups and their clergy will be fully integrated into the Catholic Church.
For doctrinal reasons the Church does not, in any circumstances, allow the ordination of married men as Bishops. However, the Apostolic Constitution does provide, under certain conditions, for the ordination as Catholic priests of former Anglican married clergy. Today at Westminster Cathedral in London, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, ordained to the Catholic priesthood three former Anglican Bishops: Reverend Andrew Burnham, Reverend Keith Newton, and Reverend John Broadhurst.
Also today Pope Benedict XVI has nominated Reverend Keith Newton as the first Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Together with Reverend Burnham and Reverend Broadhurst, Reverend Newton will oversee the catechetical preparation of the first groups of Anglicans in England and Wales who will be received into the Catholic Church together with their pastors at Easter, and to accompany the clergy preparing for ordination to the Catholic priesthood around Pentecost.
The provision of this new structure is consistent with the commitment to ecumenical dialogue, which continues to be a priority for the Catholic Church. The initiative leading to the publication of the Apostolic Constitution and the erection of this Personal Ordinariate came from a number of different groups of Anglicans who have declared that they share the common Catholic faith as it is expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and accept the Petrine ministry as something Christ willed for the Church. For them, the time has now come to express this implicit unity in the visible form of full communion.
ALL AFRICA REPORT: The first ever Judiciary pray day was observed at the Supreme Court of The Gambia's building in Banjul yesterday, 13th of January 2011.
The idea to start 2011 with reflections and prayers was initiated by the Chief Justice of The Gambia, Emmanuel Akomaye Agim. The Judiciary dedicated the day to offering prayers and conducting lectures on the theme: "What Islam and Christianity expect of a Judge in the discharge of his/her duties."The Judiciary deemed it necessary to start the 2011 by saying thanks to the Almighty God for all what they [the Judiciary] achieved in 2010 and offered prayers for the achievement of similar success in 2011.
Two renowned preachers, Dr. Abubakar A. Senghore, dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of The Gambia (UTG) and Rev. Father Peter Jammeh, a Parish Priest of the Sacred Heart Parish Catholic Church of Bansang, in the Central River Region, gave lectures on the theme.
The lecture was characterised by question and answer session and was attended by all the Judges, Cadis, Magistrates, Industrial Tribunal Members, Members of the Children's Court, Judicial officials and some other invited guests. The occasion was chaired by the Judicial Secretary, John Belford.
UCAN REPORT: The mysterious death of a Protestant pastor in Kandhamal, Orissa, has sent shockwaves through the Christian community in the area, the epicenter of riots in 2008, with most believing the man was murdered.
The bloody body of Reverend Saul Pradhan, 45, was found near a pond in Pakala village on Tuesday.
His family believes he was murdered as part of a hate campaign against Christians, but the local police say the man died in the severe cold wave sweeping the state.
The victim’s elder brother Dushashan said the body showed signs of struggle, with “blood oozing from mouth, hands and legs twisted and pants torn.”
A post mortem examination has been performed but the results have not been released.
“We thought the violence was over and we could start a new life,” the pastor’s widow, Nimata, told ucanews.com.
She said two people from a nearby village had taken her husband out for a talk on the evening of Jan. 11.
“My husband told me he would be back soon. But when he did not return until morning, we apprehended something was amiss,” she said.
She claims that the two men who had taken the pastor, Marda Pradhan (not related) and Baiju Mallick, were involved in arson and looting during the 2008 anti-Christian violence.
The family forced Marda Pradhan to join their search. “He took us in one direction but ran away after some time. We looked around and saw my husband’s body near the pond,” she said.
When the relatives went to file a case, the local police officer scolded them for suspecting murder.
“He told us my brother had died of cold,” Dushashan said.
But Nimata says her husband was killed because he was trying to reconcile Hindus and Christians in the village.
She also said in his efforts to bring peace the pastor had tried to bring reconciliation even with those who had torched houses in the village. “We never knew they were nursing a grudge,” she said.
Father Manoj Kumar Nayak, a priest of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar archdiocese who visited the village yesterday, warned that Kandhamal could see more violence if the district administration failed to check the hate campaign.
The priest, who is engaged in rehabilitation of the victims, said that police claims that the pastor was a victim of the weather set a “very dangerous” trend.
Bipra Charan Nayak, convener of an association for the Kandhamal survivors, told ucanews.com he believed the man was killed and the death “reflects the deep-seated hatred toward Christians in the area.”
The Hindu radicals now implement “a systematic plan to eliminate Christian leaders and label such deaths as stray incidents.”
A. Harish of the ecumenical All Indian Christian Council, told ucanews.com today that recurrence of violence is “quite alarming” and wants the administration to protect Church leaders.
Kandhamal was the epicenter of an unprecedented violence against Christians in 2008 that killed more than 90 people and displaced around 50,000 others.
CNA REPORT: Auxiliary Bishop Enrique Sanchez Martinez of Durango, Mexico is asking Catholics in his country to be hospitable to immigrants and refugees who enter Mexico through its southern border.
He asked Catholics to welcome the immigrants, just as “we ask ... our family members, friends and fellow Mexicans” to be treated in the United States.
In a letter to mark the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which will be celebrated Jan. 16, Bishop Sanchez said the Church recognizes the right of people to move from one country to another, as well as the right of countries to regulate immigration. He added that the Church calls on immigrants to “assimilate into the countries where they settle and to respect laws and the national identity.”
Bishop Sanchez, whose diocese is located in central Mexico, said immigration is a social phenomenon accentuated by globalization and requires firm and decisive international cooperation. No country alone can “confront the current problems of immigration,” he added.
In the case of Mexico, he said, the immigration crisis has worsened in recent months due to massive deportations and murders on the U.S. border, and exploitation, corruption and crime on the southern border with Guatemala.
He stressed that the plight of refugees and other persons forced to leave their countries not be forgotten, “because they are a relevant part of the immigration phenomenon.” Respect for their rights, as well as the just concerns over security and assimilation, should be part of stable and harmonious society, the bishop said.
Welcoming refugees and providing them hospitality is gesture that human solidarity requires of all, he added.
NEWS.AU.COM REPORT: DESPITE much fanfare the newest additions to the Danish royal family slept through their first public outing.
The bundled-up pair, who are fourth and fifth in line to Europe's oldest throne, left Copenhagen's University Hospital today.
One week after they were born, the world got the first glimpse of the twins, who went home with their Tasmanian-born mother Princess Mary.
She said she was "so proud and so happy" of her "laid-back" twins.
Princess Mary, 38, carried the young sleeping prince and Prince Frederik, 42, cradled the little princess.
Their other children Prince Christian, 5, and Princess Isabella, 3, were waiting for their return at home at Amalienborg Palace.
When asked how she would handle four young children, Princess Mary said: "I don't know but I will do my best."
On the topic of any further children, the Princess laughed, saying "We have our hands full right now."
But Princess Mary said they hoped to bring the twins to Australia soon.
"We don't have complete plans arranged just yet but hopefully it is not too far away," she said.
"We look forward to introducing them to our friends and family back home."
The young royal family has now become the centre of media attention in Europe due to the rare addition of twins.
"They were already considered the perfect family," Danish royal commentator Ulrik Ulriksen said.
"But with twins they have exceeded everyone's expectations.
"As a mother of four, Princess Mary is now regarded as one of the leading female royalty in the world.
"She is the perfect princess."
Speculation has begun over the twins' names, which will be decided by their parents and will not be revealed until Princess Mary announces them at the christening in three to four months time.
An internet poll of more than 13700 Danes found Harald, Gorm, Sven or Knud were preferred names for the Prince, while Caroline, Sophie, Louise or Charlotte were favourites for the Princess.
Astrid and Ingrid have also been suggested as possible names for the girl, as well as Axel and Valdemar for the boy.
Read more: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/mary-and-fred-show-off-their-twins-to-worlds-media/story-e6frfmqi-1225988170673#ixzz1BACUslwU
Feast: January 15