UPDATE: Brother John-Bede also responds to an article in The Portal here, complete with links to sublime music on “A Tudor Mass sung in Hampshire.”
The monthly magazine of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, The Portal, is out and has several interesting articles You can read The Portal online here.
These comments from Fr. Mark Woodruff, chairman of the Society of St. John Chrysostom are most interesting:
“Why can’t they just integrate as normal Catholics?” Bemused at the prospect of Anglicans with their own patrimony, some sensed an exclusive import for those who thought Catholicism was not good enough as it was. Aidan Nichols, however, pointed out that English Catholicism has four ingredient traditions – those descending from the undivided pre-Reformation Ecclesia Anglicana; those who migrated from Ireland; the 19th and 20th century converts; and the diaspora from the whole world in the 20th and 21st – but what was missing was the lived experience of the 450-year tradition of liturgical worship in English, and a distinct pastoral-spiritual engagement in life, culture and society to which Catholicism had never been able to address itself from within. The Ordinariate offers this.
Catholics once anxious about its suspected abnormality now wonder where the mainstream Sunday use of Divine Worship as the manifestation of Church and Gospel in such a classic English voice is to be found in more than a handful of places. The writer is a Latin priest serving in a Byzantine Catholic Church that adds its accent to conveying the Catholic faith in an environment that is now less attuned to any form of Christianity. Imagine if the Syriac Christians who rediscovered communion with Peter in 1626 had “just integrated as normal Catholics”.
Go on over and read the whole thing.
Many interesting articles, including some on prison ministry, since some Ordinariate priests are prison chaplains.