This has been reported on other blogs, but we need to keep up with it here at SCE as well. Here is the report from the Archdiocesan website:
Australian Ordinariate: Giant Step Forward
Thursday 16 December 2010
At a recent meeting in Melbourne convened by Catholic Bishop Peter Elliott, Episcopal Delegate for the Ordinariate, and Traditional Anglican Archbishop and Primate John Hepworth, the Australian Ordinariate Implementation Committee was formed.
This ground breaking and historic initiative was unanimously agreed to by a working party including clergy of the Anglican Church of Australia and official representatives of the Traditional Anglican Communion in Australia. They resolved to work closely together to bring to fruition their shared desire to be in full communion with the Catholic Church through the Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum Coetibus of Pope Benedict XVI.
“I was heartened and moved by the spirit of good will and cooperation at the meeting which represented the major Anglican groups.” said Bishop Elliott. “This convergence of heart and mind opens the way for establishing an Ordinariate in Australia next year. There is every reason to be optimistic that our goal for unity will soon be achieved.”
Archbishop Hepworth said, ”The long years in which we have had conversations with the Holy See and with other Anglican groups, which the Holy Father recognized in creating Anglican Ordinariates, will now become a reality. The Australian Ordinariate will exist in a matter of months. I urge Anglican clergy and people to consider with seriousness this unique offer of the Holy Father.”
A national gathering open to interested Anglicans and Catholics will be held in St Stephen’s College, Coomera, Queensland, 1-3 February next year. Details of the gathering may be found at: www.friendsoftheanglicanordinariate.com and www.themessenger.com.au.
They obviously have a lot of work to do if things are to be “ready to go” by Easter!
Four TAC bishops, a retired Anglican bishop, a Japanese bishop, 24 priests and several thousand laypeople will join from the outset. Many of the Ordinariate’s priests will be married, and Catholics will be free to attend their masses.
It is significant that the bishops taking up the offer of Anglicanorum Coetibus in Australia are mainly from the TAC, rather than from the Anglican Church of Australia, whereas the five in England come from the Church of England. This is because existence of the TAC in Australia has meant that there has been a sort of “half-way house” already for Anglicans who feel that they could no longer remain in the larger Anglican body.
The Australian also reports that the Ordinariate will be using “500-year old liturgies”, which really peaks one’s curiosity.