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Melbourne Information Day

Melbourne Information Day

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PersonalOrdinariateofOurLadyoftheSouthernCross
MELBOURNEINFORMATIONDAY14
th
July2012FirstlyIwouldliketosayhowhappyIamtosharethisdaywithyou.Theprogrammeyouhavedevisedisdesignedtobeinformative,educativeandencouraginganditisgoodtoseesomanyofyouhere.WhenIwasaskedtoprovideatitleforthistalkIquicklythoughtof,“Thechickenhashatched.”ThenofcourseIhadtothinkwhyIhadcalleditthat.Innature,whenchickenshatch,theyfollowthefirstmovingobjecttheyseeaftertheyhaveemergedfromtheshell.Inthewildthatisthemotherhen,butinlaboratoryexperimentstheyhavebeenfoundtofollowflashinglightsoranyothermovingobject.TheOrdinariatehasbeenerected,andastheOrdinaryImustavoidslavishlyfollowingthefirstmodelsoftheUKorUSAOrdinariates,asImustavoidthedemandsandrequirementsofthosebloggersonsiteswhoareexpertsinallmattersreligiouseventhoughtheirgraspofthefactsissomewhatlimited.WecanlearnfromtheexperienceoftheBritishandAmericanOrdinariates,butwemustputfleshontheskeletonoftheAnglicanorumCoetibusdocumentthatreflectsourAustraliancircumstances.ContrarytomostthingsinAustralia,theOrdinariatehasbegunintheWestandwillspreadEast!Thespreadwillnotbeatthespeedsomepeopleexpect,andnowwehavehitthenorthernhemispheresummerwhentheVaticanisonanemergencyonlyfooting,combinedwiththeappointmentofanewPrefectoftheCDF,furtherprogressinprocessingnewclergyapplicationdossierswillbedelayed.Thatdoesn’tmeannothingcanhappen,butpleasebepatient.OnJune15
th
IwasordainedinPerthandappointedasOrdinary.Ihavenootherprieststohelpmerunmyparish,noofficeoradminassistanceuntilMondayJuly16,yetbythenextmorningquestionswereaskedbythebloggersaboutthenonexistenceofanOrdinariatewebsite.Oneevenaskedthequestionwhetherthereareonly50laityintheAustralianOrdinariate–wellasthereisonlyoneparishatthemoment,whatmorecanbeexpected?
 
IamconsciousofhowimportantitisforthefoundationsoftheOrdinariatetobesolid;otherwisewewillonlylayupproblemsforourselvesinthefuture.Wewillgrow,butitmustbesureandcertain.ItishighlylikelythatMelbournewillbethenextcabofftherank,soitiswithindivineprovidencethatthisinformationdayisbeingheldtoday.AsyourOrdinaryappointedbytheHolyFather,IdonotseemyselfasmanyotherChristianleadersseethemselves,thatisasaCEO,anenabler,afacilitatororco-ordinator.RatherIhavebeenappointedtobeyourleaderbutasalways,Imusttrytobeaservantleader.IamveryawarethatIamresponsibletomyownOrdinarywhoistheHolyFatherhimself,andsothedecisionsImakemustbefirstandforemostforthegoodofsouls,thegrowthoftheKingdomandthebenefitofthewholeChurch.Liketheabbotofamonastery,theOrdinarymustlistentodifferingviewsthataresincerelyheldwithintheOrdinariate,butintheendhemakesthedecisionsthatmustbecomethepolicyandpracticeoftheOrdinariate.TheOrdinarywillpleasesomeofthepeoplesomeofthetime,butnoneofthepeopleallofthetime.Whenagoverningcouncil,afinancecouncilandpastoralcouncilsareformed,theyalsowillbeimportantcomponentsinthedecisionmakingprocess.OneofthebigchangesAnglicanswillfaceonenteringtheOrdinariateisthedifferenceinculturebetweenthetwochurchesincertainmatters.BecauseAnglicanshavelivedinaChurchwithbothProtestantandCatholicthreadsfor500years,wetendtohaveabsorbedsomeProtestantunderstandingsofourrelationshipwithGodandhowtheChurchshouldbegoverned.Wetendtobeindividualisticbothwithinourownspirituallivesandasaparishwheretoooftenwethinkthatifsomethingisn’thappeninginmyparish,itisn’thappening.Anglo-Catholicclergyhavelivedwithasiegementalityforsolongthattheytendtobeliturgicallyandorganisationallyindependentandpathologicallyincapableofexercisinganykindofobediencetobishops.IknowbecauseIhavebeenthere!Catholiccultureismuchmorecommunityorientated.CatholicsdohavetheirpersonalrelationshipwithGod,butthatiswithinthefaithofthewholeChurch.Individualsmayhavetheirownviewsoncertainmatters,butacceptthattheviewoftheChurchmustprevail.TheiradvantageoverAnglicansisthatCatholicsknowwhattheviewoftheChurchis;AnglicansdonotbecausetheChurchdoesnothaveanarticulatedviewonmostthings.HenceinCatholicculturethereismuchlesstoleranceofmavericks,betheyliturgical,theologicalorspiritual.ThisemphasisoncommunityiswhytheHolyFatherintendedthatgroupsofAnglicanstogetherwiththeirpastorentertheOrdinariate.Youcomeasagroup,butwithinthatgroup,eachindividualmustmakehisorherowndecisionaboutwhethertheywishtoenterintofullcommunionwiththeCatholicChurch.Fortyofmyparishdidsoacoupleofhoursbeforemyordination,soallwereabletoreceivecommunionattheOrdinationmass.Iamintheprocessofreceivinganother20whoforvariousreasonscouldnotbethereonthenight.TheHolyFatherwantsustobringthetreasuresofourAnglicanheritagewithus,andofferthemasagifttotheChurch.Ithinkweneedtorediscoverwhatthosegiftsreallyare.Wetalkofsingingproperhymns,ofpreaching,ofgoodmusicand
 
pastoralcare,butIhavecometobelievethattheseareconsequencesofsomethingdeeper.Whatwemustrediscoverandbring,isourEnglishSpiritualTradition,whichclaimscontinuitywiththedesertfathersandmothers,withtheCelticChurch,StAugustineofCanterbury,SSBenedict,Anselm,Bernard,Aelred,theEnglishmysticsofthe14
th
centurysuchastheauthorof
TheCloudofUnknowing,
MargeryKempe,HenryRolle,WalterHilton,JulianofNorwichandlater,theReformers,theCarolineDivinesofthe17
th
centuryandtheTractarians,inparticularBlessedJohnHenryNewman.TheEnglishSchoolofSpiritualityisamiddleway,aviamedia.NotsomuchasahalfwaypositionbetweenCatholicismandProtestantism,butasholdinginbalancetheologicalandspiritualstudy,orheadknowledge,andhowweexpressthatknowledgeinourworshipandlivetheChristianlifeintheworld.Itisabalancebetweenpietyandlivingthegospelintheworld,notalittleofeach,butgivingbothequalweight.Being
only 
aheadknowledgeChristianoracharismaticfeelingChristianconcerned
only 
withjusticemattersisnotthewayofEnglishSpirituality.Inourtradition,thereisequalityintheChurch.Clergymayliketobeonapedestal,andsomelaityputthemthere,buttheChurchmilitanthereonearthismadeupofequalpartnerswhoeachhavetheirownministry.ThisiswhythedailyprayersoftheChurcharethatofthewhole.Laityisexpectedtoreciteorhearmatinsandevensong.Thedailyofficeisnotonlyfortheclergy.ThisissomethingweshouldrevivebutrememberMgrBurnham’snewbookmaybeaplacetostartbutisnotanauthorisedtext.TheOrdinariateisnotanAnglicanPreservationSociety,livinginsomeimaginedgoldenage.Itisanon-geographicaldiocesewithintheWesternCatholicChurch,committedtoproclaimthegospelandbeevangelistic.WewillhaveourliturgythatreflectsourEnglishtradition,butitisnotanendinitself.Itreflectswhatwebelieveandpray,anditslanguagewillbeofourtradition.ThefirstsignofourcalltoevangeliseistogathergroupsofpeoplewhowishtoexploretheCatholicfaithandhowitwillbelivedinanOrdinariate.Intime,thesegroupswillhopefullybecomeparishesifthereisapriestwhoisordained.Inregionalareas,groupsmaygatherandidentifythemselvesasanOrdinariategroup.IfthereisnopriesttheymayneedtoenterintofullCatholiccommunionasapotentialOrdinariategroupinordertoreceivethesacramentsandmeettogetherfornon-Eucharisticworship,prayerandstudy.WhenpossibleanOrdinariatepriestfromalargercentrecantravelandcelebratemassinaCatholicchurchwiththeagreementoftheOrdinaryandthelocalbishop.ThisisamodelbasedontheCelticChurch.TheOrdinariatewillgrowandbecomefinanciallyself-supportingifwekeepoureyesontheLord,ifwearefaithfulinprayer,scripturereading,study,receptionofthesacraments,areevangelisticandlivetheChristianlifewhereverweareandwhateverwedo.

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