Anglican tradition Candlemas with the Papal Nuncio

DSC07000Last night, Catholics of the Anglican tradition in Ottawa, led by priests from Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 20190201_191222celebrated a Vigil Mass for the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple and the Purification of Mary, known commonly as Candlemas, downtown at St Theresa’s parish, a beautiful Catholic church near the University of Ottawa.

The Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, Ambassador of the Holy See to Canada, has been very supportive of the Anglican ordinariate over the years and joined us for the mass. Before the closing blessing, Archbishop Bonazzi shared some thoughts on the Presentation, and noted the heavy presence of youth in the congregation. A video of his remarks may be found below, along with a clip of some of the beautiful Anglican sacred music sung last night. These Choral High Masses in the Anglican Use have been organized every few months for the past couple of years and each time attract a larger crowd.

DSC06989For this mass, about two dozen university students and campus missionaries from Catholic Christian Outreach joined us for the first time. There is a vibrant community of young Catholics in Ottawa, many affiliated with CCO, and they routinely attend liturgical services, adoration, and other Catholic functions in the city, including of course masses in the various rites found in our nation’s capital.


The Queenship of Mary sisters, a new order in Ottawa, also turned out in force. The sisters have often visited our parish of the Annunciation, and their beautiful and highly visible witness is always a delight to see. Their membership is also noticeably very young, and is a reminder that Catholic tradition attracts and inspires youth, drawing them every closer to the Lord.

In addition, of course, many other lay Catholics and other Christians came from across town. Afterwards, in accordance with our Anglican custom of course, there was fellowship downstairs along with snacks and liquid patrimony. Many people stuck around for quite a while, including the Nuncio himself, until after 10 pm, after which (of course) quite a number decamped to a local pub.

Below are video clips taken of the communion motet (Poston’s Jesus Christ the Apple Tree), and of the Papal Nuncio’s remarks at the end of mass. There were many other photos and videos taken, and there are more details to report, but that will have to come in a follow-up post (the follow-up post can be found at Anglican choral music brings Catholics together for Candlemas). For now, suffice it to say, it was all in all a very beautiful and patrimonial evening.

The Papal Nuncio was very kind to spend the evening with us:

An additional report with videos and photos can be found here.

The latest Portal Magazine is out!

The Portal, the magazine of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, has published its February issue.  You can either click on the link, or scroll down on the side of the blog to our Portal Magazine button and choose the form you wish to download.

Here’s the Table of Contents to whet your appetite.

Page 3 Three New Deacons – Keith Brown reports
Page 4 Mob bullying & homosexuality – Joanna Bogle
Page 5 The Ordinariate way – Snapdragon
Page 6 Balancing Act – Julia Beacroft
Page 7 Sister Marie Thérèse – Ronald Crane
Page 9 Peace Sunday – Fr Ashley Beck
Page 10 Thoughts on Newman – Revd Dr Stephen Morgan
Page 11 Anglican News – The Revd Paul Benfield
Page 12 The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries
– Jackie Ottaway and Ronald Crane
Page 14 Finding us at prayer – in England, Scotland and Wales
Page 16 The Ordinary’s Diary
Page 17 The Aventine Hill – Donato Tallo
Page 18 Two mins from the Skripals’!
– Jackie Ottaway and Ronald Crane
Page 20 Aid to the Church in Need – Josué Villaión
Page 21 Epiphany Carols – Jackie Ottaway and Ronald Crane
Page 22 Anoint and cheer our soiléd face – Fr Michael Halsall
Page 23 Apologia Pro Beata Maria Virgine
– a review by Simon Dennerly
Page 24 Is all well at the Vatican? – Geoffrey Kirk
Page 24 Dowry Tour of Our Lady of Walsingham

Take a look at Snapdragon’s article on “The Ordinariate Way” on the relationship of priest and people in the running of parishes, one that avoids the extreme of a priest who calls all the shots at the expense of “infantilizing” his parishioners; or congregationalism where the people call all the shots.

Here’s an excerpt:

At its heart is the formula of “priest and people together”. It was a real step forward for the church. A step in the battle between clericalism and congregationalism yes, but also a step forward for ecumenism. Others talk about ecumenism; we in the Ordinariate have actually done it!
But the Ordinariate has a real job to do in bringing gems of the Anglican Church into the Catholic Church. The object of my scorn at the beginning of this piece is not how Anglican Churches are meant to be run. The real Anglican way is “Priest and People together”.

The Ordinariate is not merely a source of clergy for hard-pressed dioceses, nor is it a group of pushy laity bent on telling clergy how to behave. It is truly priest
and people together. This is the patrimony we ought to bring into the Catholic Church.

Liturgy is important, of course it is. Here we are blessed with Divine Worship and the Customary. But patrimony is not just about liturgy. We need to work much harder in following the lead of Anglicanorum coetibus. Here priest and people are seen to be important together. We have the Governing Council of priests, but we also have the Pastoral Council of lay people.

The former has only clergy members, and the latter is advisory at present. Maybe one day the Governing Council will include laity and the Pastoral Council will
have definitive responsibilities, who knows?

And we can rename it Vestry!

Prayers for Fr. Treco and St. Bede’s

I have hesitated to report on the case of Fr. Vaughn Treco, a priest ministering to the St. Bede the Venerable mission parish  of the Personal  Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

A man’s priesthood is at stake, as well as the viability of the community he has served.  There are issues of Catholic unity, of theology and canon law at play in a climate of confusion and anger in the wider Catholic Church.

Bishop Steven Lopes has temporarily suspended Fr. Treco for 60 days, and our  Ordinary-emeritus Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson has taken over as administrator of St. Bede’s.  He has already started celebrating the Sunday Mass there.

From all accounts I have heard, Fr. Treco is loved by members of his community and his fellow Ordinariate priests, and every effort is being made to help restore him, from the bishop on down.   That’s why I urge you to pray for him, his family and the community, as well as for our bishop and the Ordinariate that unity in the Catholic faith will prevail.   Here’s some background.

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Analysis from Fr. Louis Bouyer’s 1978 essay that may apply today


The picture shows Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa celebrating a Traditional Latin Mass at the high altar of Notre Dame Cathedral last November in honor of the 50th anniversary of St. Clement’s Parish, a diocesan parish entrusted to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP). This Mass attracted hundreds of Catholics from all over the diocese, in a show of support for those who like the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite,.

It was a beautiful sign of unity in the Ottawa archdiocese. It also helps to mention Archbishop Prendergast has come to our parish and celebrated the Anglican Use liturgy several times in that period before our clergy were ordained to the Catholic priesthood.  He even came one Christmas Eve when we couldn’t find a Catholic priest for our Mass!  What a beautiful gesture of welcome and sign of unity of Catholic faith in diversity of expression.

All of this in contrast to concerns I have about disunity and division so common these days, especially online.

Whenever I see Catholics in online apostolates criticizing the Pope or members of the hierarchy, I think of this 1978 essay The Catholic Church in Crisis by Fr. Louis Bouyer that was translated from French by John M. Pepino in 2015 and published at Rorate Coeli.

This is not to say many criticisms are not valid, but the article offers a caution for those with a prophetic calling or the gift of exhortation to guard humility and to ensure they are not led astray by a spirit of division, pride, or rash judgement.  This caution applies to their readers as well.

For those of us who came into the Catholic Church under Pope Benedict XVI’s generous provision, it is especially incumbent on us to remember the fervent desire we had for full Catholic unity that propelled us to become officially members of One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.  Continue reading

“Who cares?” if Anglicans become Catholic says the Archbishop of Canterbury

How things have changed since 2009, when news stories about Pope Benedict’s plan to erect personal ordinariates for Anglicans wishing to become Catholic described the move as the Pope “parking tanks on the lawn of Lambeth Palace,” the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

That was then. Archbishop Rowan Williams, an Anglo-Catholic, was the ABC then. In March 2013, the same month Pope Francis was elected to the papacy, Justin Welby was enthroned at Canterbury as the new spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion.

In a recent interview, Archbishop Welby tells the Spectator he doesn’t really mind if an Anglican becomes Catholic.

Not so long ago, it would be unthinkable for the Archbishop of Canterbury to be quoting agents of Rome, but times change. The two churches have been holding talks about possible reunion since 1970, but since the C of E admitted female vicars their paths have tended to diverge. Ten years ago, the Vatican made it easier for vicars to defect to Rome. Hundreds did so and now, by some estimates, one in ten Catholic priests is a former Anglican vicar.

I ask what he thinks about all this.  ‘Who cares?’ he says. ‘I don’t mind about all that. Particularly if people go to Rome, which is such a source of inspiration. I had an email from a very old friend, an Anglican priest who has decided to go to Rome. I wrote back saying: how wonderful! As long as you are following your vocation, you are following Christ. It’s just wonderful. What we need is for people to be disciples of Jesus Christ. I don’t really care whether it’s the Church of England or Rome or the Orthodox or Pentecostals or the Lutherans or Baptists. They are faithful disciples of Christ.’

If you think this is an unusual thing for the Archbishop of Canterbury to say, then you don’t know Justin Welby. He is a bridge-builder, so keen on fostering greater unity amongst Christians that he has assembled in Lambeth Palace a group of young Christians of various denominations called the Community of St Anselm. ‘One of the prayers we say every morning is for the unity of the church. That seems to me to be much more important. God called the church into being. We, as human beings, have managed to mess that up and split it up.’


Interpreting all things in continuity

Faithful Catholics have a Scylla and Charybdis to navigate in today’s fractious debates concerning interpretations of the Second Vatican Council.  Both dangers concern interpretations of the Council that see it as a rupture.  One one side are those who see this rupture as a good thing; on the other are those who see the rupture as a bad thing.

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The St. Gregory Prayer Book

Shane Schaetzel has given me permission to re-post this from his Complete Christianity Website:

Not long ago, I was privileged and blessed to sit on the international editorial board that formulated the “St. Gregory’s Prayer Book.” I won’t mention who the other men were, as I don’t wish to speak out of place. Some of them may wish to remain anonymous, others may wish to speak in their own time. I’ll let them say so when they’re ready. As for me, I didn’t do much. My job was to represent the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society (ACS) as I was on the Board of Directors at that time. I made a few suggestions, but that’s about it. The bulk of the work was carried out by a prominent liturgical scholar, an American layman, who served as our chief editor, and two distinguished clergymen who also made contributions from the UK and Australia. The product is a forthcoming devotional, schedule to be released in late February of this year.

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