Shane Shaetzel at Catholic in the Ozarks has a blog post up about the news that Our Lady of Atonement is now part of the Ordinariate—and what it means that Fr. Phillips is now Pastor-emeritus.
Go on over and read the whole thing. Here’s an excerpt. By the way, Shane is a member of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society board of directors and full of great ideas.
As pastor emeritus, Fr. Phillips will re-assume the exact same pastoral roles he previously had over the parish and the school, minus administrative roles. This is for very practical reasons. The process of transferring OLA from an Archdiocesan to an Ordinariate parish will be long and tedious. Financially untangling OLA from the Archdiocese will be no easy task. It’s one of the Archdiocese’ largest parishes, one of its more substantial financial contributors, and is undergoing a major construction project with loans currently guaranteed by the Archdiocese. So untangling OLA from the Archdiocese of San Antonio is going to be a full-time job in itself, for people with expert financial wisdom, who are used to handling this sort of thing. Responsibility for this has been given to Ordinariate priest Fr. Timothy Perkins, who will act as the parish administrator from afar — at the Ordinariate chancery in Houston. For all practical purposes, on a pastoral level, Fr. Phillips is still the man in charge at OLA.
In addition to Rome’s decree that OLA enter the Ordinariate, Rome has also decreed that all remaining “Anglican Use Pastoral Provision” parishes and communities be transferred to the Ordinariate as well. (I am only aware of one other parish that meets this specification — the Congregation of St Athanasius in Boston, Massachusetts.) Once these communities are transferred the “Anglican Use Pastoral Provision” will effectively cease to exist and become a page for the history books.