44182Tablet: "Lapsed Catholics can join ordinariate" - 12 July 2013
- Jul 14, 2013Lapsed Catholics can join Ordinariate - 12 July 2013
"Baptised Catholics who lapse from their faith and then return will be
allowed to join the ordinariate. The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of
Walsingham was created by Pope Benedict XVI to allow Anglicans to be
received into the Church while retaining elements of their identity.
Originally only former Anglicans were allowed to join the new
structure but an amendment to the group's norms, approved by Pope Francis
recently, means that Catholics who have been baptised but have not
completed the sacraments of initiation - confirmation and Communion - can
join the ordinariate. In a statement, the ordinariate said that this move
confirmed the place of the ordinariates within the Church "not simply as a
jurisdiction for those from the Anglican tradition, but as a contributor
to the urgent work of the New Evangelisation"."
Can someone clarify the theological rationale behind this? Is this a
significant number of candidates?
Director of Music
St. Philip's Church, Etobicoke
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