Bishop walks fine lineas traditionalists test parishes’ moodover Ordinariate
THREE Church of England bishops went to Rome last week to meet Vatican officials. One of them, the Bishop of Richborough, the Rt Revd Keith Newton, is said to have been asking Anglican priests to join him in an Ordinariate in the RC Church.
The Bishop of Fulham, the Rt Revd John Broadhurst, and two Provincial Episcopal Visitors, the Bishop of Richborough, the Rt Revd Keith Newton, and the Bishop of Ebbsfleet, the Rt Revd Andrew Burnham, met members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome last week.
The Sunday Telegraph reported that the Bishops had told senior Vatican officals that they were “keen to defect to Rome”. Bishop Newton said on Tuesday that the visit had been a “fact-finding” mission to “explore issues”, and that it had been “over-hyped” in the press.
He offered “No comment” when he was asked whether Dr Williams had warned him that he would have to resign if he sought to “actively recruit”. On Wednesday, Lambeth Palace had not responded to a request to confirm or deny whether this warning had been given.
The Bishop said that he had been “going around talking to people and asking them to let me know” their attitudes to the Ordinariate. He would not say how many had expressed an interest “until after Synod”, which meets in July... Read the whole article.