News yesterday that the Holy Father is to establish a Peronal Ordinariate for former Anglicans in Australia on 15th June. It will be called the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross under the patronage of St Augustine of Canterbury.
This will be the third such Ordinariate following the establishment of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in England and of the Chair of St Peter in the USA.
Let us pray that this will prove another great step on the road to Christian Unity and the renewal of the Church.
This from the website of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham:
Ordinary welcomes Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern CrossIt was announced yesterday that a Personal Ordinariate will be established within the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference on 15 June 2012. This will be the third Personal Ordinariate to be erected by Pope Benedict XVI following the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus.The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross will be under the patronage of St Augustine of Canterbury and will be headed by an Ordinary, who is yet to be named.
Monsignor Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, said, "This is great news for the Church in Australia, and for those from the Anglican tradition who are seeking to fulfil the goal of full visible unity with the Apostolic See, whilst maintaining essential elements of our Anglican tradition".
"A close bond already exists between the Ordinariate here in the UK and our brothers and sisters of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter. It is my hope that similarly strong ties can be established with our Australian counterparts, especially as we look forward to the publication of a common liturgical use".
Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne said, "I hope that those former Anglicans who have made a journey in faith that has led them to the Catholic Church will find a ready welcome".
Personal Ordinariate to be established in Australia on 15 June
The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart, announced today that Pope Benedict XVI intends to announce the establishment in Australia of a Personal Ordinariate for Former Anglicans to commence on 15th June 2012. This new community will have the status of a diocese and will be known as the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross under the patronage of St Augustine of Canterbury.
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference News Release.