Report from the Telegraph in the UK about ceremony at Westminster Cathedral bringing former Anglicans into the Catholic Church. Their reception, Confirmation and First Holy Communion were celebrated during the 12:30 p.m. Mass with little fanfare and no big announcement.
The former bishops of Fulham, Ebbsfleet and Richborough, John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham and Keith Newton respectively, were applauded after they received holy communion before a packed congregation at the cathedral yesterday.
They have been key to orchestrating the exodus from the Church of England and advocating the Ordinariate, which they described as an “answer to their prayers”.
Two of the bishops’ wives were also confirmed as Catholics yesterday, along with three former Anglican nuns who were forced to take refuge in a Catholic convent after being told to leave their house at Walsingham Abbey.
Their departure devastated the community in Walsingham, leaving four older nuns to run the priory while the younger ones faced a period of uncertainty.
One of the nuns, Sister Wendy Renata, said she felt “fantastic” after formally being welcomed into the Catholic Church.
“I’ve wanted to do it for years. I’ve finally done it,” she said.
In the next few weeks, the next groups of clergy and worshippers are set to be received into the Catholic Church, which is due to announce the precise timetable for the launch of the Ordinariate this month.
The confirmations at yesterday’s service were the first step to its establishment in this country. All of the clergy who have resigned from the Church of England now have to be re-ordained as the Catholic Church does not recognise Anglican orders.
It is expected that as many as 50 clergy will be ordained by Easter as the new structure begins to take shape, but there are likely to be many disputes in parishes torn over whether to remain in the Church of England.
and finally, an older Anglican convert almost seems to be quoting Blessed John Henry Newman:
Commenting on how the Anglican Archbishop might feel about the arrangement, Bishop Hopes said he understood he would be feeling unhappy.
“But I know too that he understands that we are all on a journey of faith, and sometimes our paths take standard routes.
“And if you truly believe that you have found fullness of truth in the Catholic Church, there is nothing you can do about it.
“You have to become a Catholic.”
A former Anglican convert himself, Bishop Hopes was received into the Catholic Church in 1994.
The Catholic Herald also covered the story.