Ordinariate Europe Cycle of Prayer – March 2017

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3 Responses to Ordinariate Europe Cycle of Prayer – March 2017

  1. ramendik says:

    Question: are any ordinariate seminaries anywhere in the world ordaining new married priests?

    From the start, I saw the Ordinariate as a means of getting around the Roman church’s unwarranted canon law (not doctrinal) prohibition of married priests, making it possible to relieve the shortage – so I wonder if this one is working.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      ramendik,

      No. The norm of the ordinariates, established definitively in the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, is to admit only celibate men to seminary. However, dispositions from the norm of celibacy continue to be available to married Anglican and Protestant clergy who seek ordination in the Catholic Church.

      The only exception, so far, is for those who are enrolled in seminaries of the Anglican Communion or another denomination prior to their reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

      That said, it’s not at all clear how long this norm will endure. Pope Francis has stated that he would like to relax the discipline of clerical celibacy, but that he wants the initiative to come up from the conferences of bishops rather than imposing it from the top. This is very sensible, as there are several practical issues that need to be addressed locally to implement a change in discipline — not the least of which are (1) the impact of large numbers of clergy needing to support their families on diocesan budgets and (2) the expense of reconfiguring rectories to accommodate clergy with spouses and children. However, a relaxation of the discipline of celibacy in the territory of a conference of bishops obviously would include any ordinariate within the same territory.

      Norm.

  2. EPMS says:

    No married man who was not previously ordained in another denomination will be ordained in the Ordinariates, as long as clerical celibacy remains the discipline of the Latin Rite. The function you foresaw was not part of the Ordinariates’ raison d’être.

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