Interesting newsletter from the Ordinariate in Scotland

A new issue of the Newsletter of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in Scotland has appeared for the pilgrimage season. It contains some very interesting articles on the St. Andrews pilgrimage, an ecumenical chapel in Inverness and, above all, the reception of seven new members of the Ordinariate including several former clergymen. Apparently several people who became Catholics before the Ordinariate or are family members of Ordinarians have also joined. This is really good news. To read the newsletter, just click on the banner heading below:

Scotland newsletter 2016-5

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6 Responses to Interesting newsletter from the Ordinariate in Scotland

  1. Rev22:17 says:

    David,

    Yes, The reception or enrollment of seven (7) new members into the ordinariate in Scotland certainly is good news! Published notices of receptions into full communion and enrollments of those previously received into the full communion of the Catholic Church into an ordinariate are extremely rare, but many ordinariate communities are quietly growing. Nevertheless, such news is always encouraging when it leaks out!

    But what’s more exciting here is that three of the new members are potentially eligible for ordination to the order of Presbyter for the service of the ordinariate. According to the article,

    >> Cameron Macdonald was ordained in the Scottish Episcopal Church in 1990,

    >> Simon Beveridge was ordained in the Church of England in 1987, and

    >> Alan Grüber was a minister of the Church of Scotland.

    As former Anglican and former Protestant clergy, all three gentlemen potentially qualify for dispensations from the norm of celibacy that would permit their ordinations in the Catholic Church, if they choose to pursue that path. The ordination of two or three of these individuals in due course certainly would ease Fr. Len Black’s travel schedule, and it also would permit each of the Scottish ordinariate congregations to have their own mass at least on Sundays and holy days of obligation!

    Norm.

    • Jeff Hirst says:

      Encouraging indeed. Michael Chenery may also be eligible, as he was a Bishop in the Continuing Church that he belonged to, though as this was after he had been received into the Greek Melkite Church this might muddy the waters. As an aside, I have met him briefly, and he is a lovely guy!
      Regarding Alan Grüber, the Church of Scotland is not Anglican but Presbyterian, though presumably he has come into the Church not directly from them but via the Scottish Episcopal Church.

      • Rev22:17 says:

        Jeff,

        You wrote: Michael Chenery may also be eligible, as he was a Bishop in the Continuing Church that he belonged to, though as this was after he had been received into the Greek Melkite Church this might muddy the waters.

        Yes, his status as a former Melkite Catholic muddies the waters immensely because his departure from that body constitutes a delict of schism. I think that there are ways to deal with this issue, but it is nevertheless a major hurdle..

        You wrote: Regarding Alan Grüber, the Church of Scotland is not Anglican but Presbyterian…

        Yes, I’m well aware of this, but all popes going back at least to Pius XII have granted dispensations from celibacy for Catholic ordination of married former Protestant clergy fairly routinely. I see no reason why membership in an ordinariate, or candidacy for ordination for the service of an ordinariate of which the candidate is officially a member rather than a diocese, would affect this practice in any way.

        Norm.

      • No, the problem might be that he would be required to study for longer than a former Anglican priest would be.

    • EPMS says:

      I can recall recent coverage of receptions into full communion from the groups in Victoria, BC; Irvine, CA; Katy, TX; and Republic, MO, just off the top of my head. The last was posted here, as well as on the St George website and Facebook page. I am sure that I could come up with several others with even brief research. The notion that such these reports are “extremely rare” out of some motive of discretion is just not accurate, as I have pointed out before.

  2. EPMS says:

    The Church of Scotland is Presbyterian so that would ordinarily exclude Mr Grüber from consideration.

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