If you haven’t listened to the Anglicanorum coetibus Society’s first podcast with Msgr. Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, set aside some time because you will find it most interesting and illuminating. We had originally thought we would have our podcasts behind our membership wall the way we do our journal Shared Treasure, but we were so excited about that first podcast and it’s importance not only to our members but to the wider Catholic Church, we decided making it available to all was part of our mission that our members support through their annual subscription.
On Friday, Jan. 19, we recorded our second podcast with Bishop Steven Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. You will not want to miss this.
In this podcast, we look at the role Cardinal Levada, then Archbishop of San Francisco, played in the studies Bishop Lopes took in Rome, culminating in his obtaining a doctorate in sacred theology.
We discuss what it was like to come to Rome as a seminarian knowing only two words in Italian, but having to sink or swim because all his courses were in that language.
Bishop Lopes and I discuss some of the various schools of theology in the Catholic Church and where he situates himself; also his views on what Pope Benedict XVI called the “hermeneutic of continuity” when it comes to interpreting the Second Vatican Council.
He tells how he came to be Cardinal Levada’s priest-secretary when Pope Benedict XVI named Cardinal Levada Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and how he came to work on the cases of Anglicans wishing to become Catholic.
Bishop Lopes also discusses some of the resonances between the Catholic theology he came to embrace and that of great Anglican theologians—especially in an approach to Patristics and Beauty.
You will not want to miss the inside glimpse of what led to the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus in 2009 and Bishop Lopes’ subsequent work on the commission that worked on the Ordinariates liturgy Divine Worship: the Missal.
I ask him how involvement with Anglicans coming into full communion with the Holy See has changed him and how he prays. We also discussed the importance in Anglican patrimony of lay people praying the daily office.
He asked us all to say a ‘Hail Mary’ that the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments will approve the Ordinariates’ daily office book that it has had for a year now.
We looked ahead to 2019 when CDF plans a symposium Nov. 4-8 and other events in Rome to mark the 10th anniversary of Anglicanorum coetibus. He hopes as many people as possible from all our Ordinariates will converge in Rome for this, including priests leading pilgrimages from various parts of the world. The Anglicanorum coetibus Society will be looking at hosting something during that time–perhaps a social event.
Bishop Lopes said he was a big supporter of the Society and the work it does to connect Ordinariate members, and the reflections on this blog.
The recording is now in the hands of our webmaster for some editing—-not of the content, but such things as a false start where, I confess, I stumbled over the pronunciation of my own name.
We’re also looking for some patrimonial music to go with it—-something from one of our Ordinariate choirs, such as examples of Anglican chant, plainsong, choral music—–so if you can help us out, let us know in the comments section (I won’t publish the comments if you prefer I not do so).