Having read through the first issue of the US Ordinariate’s new online publication “The Ordinariate Observer”, I think it is fair to say that it promises to be a very valuable resource, albeit only on a quarterly basis (compared to the weekly/monthly appearance of the other Ordinariates’ newsletters).
One particularly distinctive feature through which it differs from the other two newsletters is the large amount of optimistic, upbeat news about a variety of Ordinariate communities and clergy members, also providing personal comment from individual priests.
Another significant theme is clearly “growth”. Not only does The Observer contain a message from the Ordinary, Msgr. Steenson, on this subject – click here for the full text -, but it is stressed in many of the individual group reports, even giving precise numbers, which is indeed an innovation and much to be welcomed.
Unfortunately Canada is grossly underrepresented in the newsletter (only one twenty-fourth of the total space, with three photos and seven half lines of text).
And the reports, at least in this first edition, are very clerically biassed. The Ordinariate is also its lay faithful, and I personally (perhaps because I am a layman myself) would welcome more news and contributions from lay people, families and groups.