Gavin Ashenden explains why he is becoming Catholic this Sunday

Many of us have enjoyed listening to Gavin Ashenden on Anglican Unscripted on YouTube.  Here in episode  #558 he explains why he left the Church of England to be ordained a Bishop of the Christian Episcopal Church and now why he is now entering the Catholic Church this coming Fourth Sunday of Advent.   A contact in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham tells me he does not believe Ashenden has contacted the ordinariate.  In the discussion below,  we hear the Roman Catholic Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury reached out and invited him.

8 thoughts on “Gavin Ashenden explains why he is becoming Catholic this Sunday

  1. Do I understand correctly that no one from the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham contacted him to swim across? If true that is just sad.

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  2. Do I understand correctly that no one from the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham contacted him to swim across? If true that is just sad.

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    • I think it likely that Gavin Ashenden has been in conversation with Bishop Mark Davies for some time. He has been attending Shrewsbury Cathedral for many months, certainly since his wife converted and probably longer. I suspect that he has been receiving instruction for some time. Probably, a lot of thought has gone into the timing and manner of the announcement.

      Followers of Anglican Unscripted have probably noticed that he has been defending the Catholic position for about six months, against some onslaughts from George Conger. I was certain that he was on route to Rome, and find it hard to believe that Kevin and George had not tumbled to it.

      Probably, the Ordinariate is not the right place for Gavin Ashenden. For one thing, he has not brought an identifiable congregation with him, and the whole idea of the Ordinariate is for parish groups rather than individuals. In fact the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham already has too many priests for the number of lay people, and clergy are not being accepted if they do not come with a flock.

      I am sure that Bishop Mark Davies has some very worthwhile plans for Dr Gavin Ashenden.

      Personally, I hope that Bishop Mark Davies stays in Shrewsbury for a while longer. He is doing great things there, and there is much more to do. They could be undone if he is moved. Given a bit more time, Shrewsbury will become the example of how to run a diocese; and the measures of success will be so great that it will be difficult to deny them.

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