On Sunday the seven-day survey of our European readers ended.
Unfortunately it did not provide as much information as we had hoped. As it turned out, only 32 persons took part, representing perhaps one third of our mainland European readership.
Nobody took advantage of the possibility to give multiple answers, thus reducing significantly the amount of information which the survey provided. Here are the results in detail:
- 17 persons (i.e. 53%) identified themselves as Roman Catholics with an interest in the Ordinariates, of whom one said that he is a priest, and one is a journalist.
- 1 person is a former Anglican, now an Orthodox.
- Apart from this, nobody at all stated that they are Anglicans, former Anglicans or non-Catholics of any kind.
- Similarly nobody identified themselves as members of the Ordinariate living either temporarily or permanently in Europe (these last two groups have actually been our main target groups so far)
- 9 persons out of the 32 (that’s 28%) stated that they ere interested in the specific ecclesiological role of the Ordinariates, namely to bring elements of the Anglican patrimony into the Catholic Church as a treasure to be shared, and 1 person professed to be impressed by the witness of the former Anglicans who have entered the Church. However none of these persons indicated which denomination (or none) they belong to.
- Of the 32 only 4 answered that they are interested in supporting the Ordinariates in some way (by donating, becoming a member, priest affiliate or friend of Ordinariate Expats) or that they would make contact with Ordinariate Expats by eMail. But as yet none of these has actually got in touch with us
- Firstly that we do not seem to be reaching those people in Europe who are contemplating leaving the Anglican Church, meaning that we might need to examine and revise our strategy (or maybe it merely shows that there are very few of these people).
- That we have an important apostolate of informing Roman Catholics of the nature and mission of the Ordinariates and winning their support.
- That already a significant percentage of our readership is aware and values that the Ordinariates have an important ecclesiological and ecumenical role to play and are not merely a means for non-Catholics to enter the Catholic Church with minimum inconvenience, what I often refer to as the “decompression chamber”.
- And that there is a certain reluctance among those who are considering supporting the Ordinariates in a concrete way to actually take the first step of getting in touch with us.
Let me therefore specifically encourage those who expressed their interest (and of course any others) to put finger to keyboard and send us an eMail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thank you for taking part in this survey and God bless you.