JW wrote:I have a concern that people reading this particular thread might question whether we would welcome the new Ordinariate to our Church. Not only that, but one could perceive a lack of unity among ourselves - but we are all Catholics and working together for the Kingdom at a time when, in England, hostility seems to be greater than for more than a century. We do need unity among ourselves, otherwise I suspect that unity with other traditions is a folorn hope.
Although we all have our points of view, we are commanded to be one and to love one another as a mark of our discipleship. Surely it is proper for us to publicly support Pope Benedict's initiative even if we do not privately agree with it? Personally, I am saddened by the amount of hostile letters (some from Anglo Catholics) in this week's Tablet; I am also saddened by the response from Archbishop Carey. In contrast, both the Archbishops' (Canterbury and Westminster) response has been admirable.
This new initiative to accommodate the history and culture of a group of Christians, together with the allowance of the Extra Ordinary Form, gives me hope that the Church may soon start to move back to greater accommodation of even more of the vastly differing histories and cultures within the Roman Rite. Perhaps we may look forward to even greater Liturgical Diversity? This is indeed an exciting time for the Church - but when isn't.
I think there's a difference between diversity and divisiveness, and we need to acknowledge that. I don't think anyone here is in the business of being unwelcoming, but some of us would like to be realistic about the problems that BXVI's recent initiatives have thrown up and will continue to throw up. Pretending that these don't exist is no more than burying one's head in the sand. I'm reminded of Paul VI who, when told by the African bishops at Vatican II that clerical celibacy was a dead letter in their continent, simply refused to allow the topic even to be mentioned, let alone discussed. Sweeping things under the carpet these days just doesn't cut it.
Has it crossed anyone's mind that the pope might have been rather badly advised? Or that he had (it appears) refused to take the advice offered? In order to move ahead in unity, as JW
urges, we need to know what we're dealing with and, more importantly, why.
If you want to see some really unwelcoming stuff, go to some of the blogs. The SSG forum, with one or two exceptions, is very civilised by comparison.