Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12 Nuns a Praying


Good news from the Ordinariate, 12 sisters from that great Anglo-Catholic powerhouse of Wantage are soon to be received into full Communion (can we still say "Reconciled to"?) with Our Holy Mother the Church, and then to found a new congregation within the Ordinariate.
Now when those nun's get praying, who knows the still financially poor ol' Ordinariate might get a central church of its own. Yes, I know there are ecumenical problems with diocese of London's fierce opposition and I know many have almost given up on the idea but some still consider it crucial as a sign that the Pope's initiative of an English Ordinariate being truly wanted and supported in the English Catholic Church.

8 comments:

Anita Moore said...

Now when those nun's get praying, who knows the still financially poor ol' Ordinariate might get a central church of its own.

Yes. Is this not a central mission, if not THE central mission, of nuns: to support the Church, and especially the work of priests, with prayer? So many congregations of nuns have gotten away from this, and we need only look around to see the results.

Surely the response of these nuns to the call to reconcile with Rome is a sign that Heaven favors the ordinariate, which will now enjoy the support of their prayers.

Antient Scholar said...

No church for the Ordinariate, no 'red hat' for Big Vin?

wretchedwithhope said...

Wow - and you can even tell they are Nuns!



"Heavenly Father, in your wisdom you have called certain women and men to a life of special consecration so that in prayerful observance of a lifestyle of poverty, chaste celibacy and obedience, they might be witnesses to us that as St. Paul says, "our true citizenship is in heaven." Give them, Lord, the grace of joy and perseverance in their holy vocation. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

john-of-hayling said...

Antient Scholar - surely you are not connecting these two matters? Stick to the theme.... what comes after 12 nuns a praying - we need the whole 12 days recast....

Et Expecto said...

Father, What evidence do you have that the absence of principal church for the Ordinariate is to do with objections from the Bishop of London. I have not seen this stated before.

Seems strange to me as I thought that Archbishop Nichol's boss is in Rome, rather than Lambeth Palace. Maybe I have misunderstood.

Fr Ray Blake said...

Expecto,
It is just one of the several reasons which are pushed about.

Alan said...

I was also puzzled by the reference to the Diocese of London.

However, as one of those who has remained (so far) on the other bank of the Tiber, I have been rather embarrassed by the graceless attitude shown by some Anglicans to those of our brethren who are not lost, but gone before.

I have in mind the way in which men who have given many years of faithful ministry to the C of E have "been disappeared", rather like Uncle Joe removing members of the politburo from his photo album.

After the refusal of the Doiocese of Rochester to accede to Fr Tomlinson's (very sensible) suggestion that his former church be shared, I do rather suspect that we may need to read a bit between the lines of Mother Winsome's statement on the CSMV web site. The sisters who are swimming the Tiber, have, to their credit clearly indicated that they wish to continue to care for the older sisters who will remain Anglican. The suggested, but rejected, idea of a double, ecumenical community sharing non-Eucharistic worship would have appeared to a simple fellow like me a good way to allow them to do so. I wonder who put the kibosh on the idea.

Nicolas Bellord said...

Back in the 1950s travelling up to London one occasionally met one of these nuns. My father used to say you could tell they were Anglicans only by their boots.