I have been in Rome for a couple of days in advance of Symposium 2019 marking the 10th Anniversary of Anglicanorum coetibus.
Today, I went to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to put together conference folders for the some 166 attendees. The interest in this has been phenomenal, and the symposium on Tuesday, Oct. 15, co-sponsored by the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Canon Law department, will now take place in the largest hall at the university.
It is interesting that probably the largest number of married priests in the Latin Rite will descend on Rome in the coming days, for the canonization of Cardinal Newman and for the symposium at the same time the Synod on the Amazon takes place, with many arguing for ordaining married men.
This is an example of synchronicity. Surely, no one planned to have these events coincide. I doubt any of our ordinariate married priests are agitating for the Roman Catholic Church to change her discipline on priestly celibacy. And I imagine they are especially wary of some factions that want to use a married priesthood as a progressive wedge leading also to the ordination of women, first as deacons, then as priests and so on. Yes, those of us who left the Anglican world to become Catholic have seen this movie before.
St. Peter’s is all decked out for the canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman and four others, all women, on Sunday, Oct. 13.
I will be there and will take pictures. Tomorrow I attend a seminar at the Angelicum on Newman the prophet: a saint for our times.
Australian theologian Tracey Rowland will be among the speakers; as is George Weigel and Archbishop Anthony Fisher, OP of Sydney. I am a big fan of Tracey Rowland, especially after reading her excellent Catholic Theology, which I highly recommend. It helped me sort out the various streams of thought that characterize various theological schools and the roots of some of the factionalism we see today.
Many ordinariate priests start arriving in the Eternal City tomorrow. It’s going to be an exciting next few days.