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Sunday, May 20, 2012

At Last An Australian Anglican Ordinariate

our lady of the southern cross 1a3 227x300 June 15th: Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross!

At last the establishment of the Australian Anglican Ordinariate has been announced. Earlier this week I was pleased to read in the "Record" that the Pope will announce the establishment of the Ordinariate on June 15 2012. It has been so quiet some of us wondered if it would ever happen. It did hit me as interesting that at a time when all the Catholic structures are collasping and under attack that we are now setting up a new structure. Often the church of the structure has unfortunately seemed distant from the Church of the Spirit so lets pray and hope that this structure will be a holy vessel for the church of the Spirit and truth.

The new ordinary has not been announced yet and I haven't really seen or heard any hot gossip on who it will be. For myself I think Bishop Peter Elliot would make a great ordinary. Having a Bishop as an ordinary rather than a priest means that the Ordinariate can be more independent of the Roman structure with its very controlling bishops. Jesus said that in his Church one should not exercise authority as the Gentiles do by lording it over people. Unfortunately this command or advice of the Lord has been truly ignored by the hierarchy of the Church throughout most centuries. As a result we have a dysfunctional Church that is limping towards the Kingdom rather than soaring with the freedom of eagle's wings to the Kingdom to Come.

I was reading about St Patrick's evangelisation (or reevangelisation of Ireland) where he created 387 Bishops. The Celtic churches also had the Abbot (often lay Abbots) as the leader of the local Christian communities with the Bishops as treasured members of the community rather than the  ruling Lord. I once heard Bishop Entwistle of Perth mention this in one of his speeches and I hope this revival of a less lordly model of Christian leadership will blossom with the Anglican Ordinariates drawing on their Celtic heritage. Its time the Bishops were set free of wordly and secular concerns so they can truly be a spiritual pastor to the priests and the faithful. 

The new Ordinariate is called the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross under the patronage of St Augustine of Canterbury. I am rather fond of St Augustine of Canterbury as the little Anglican Church in my parent's home town of Dumbleyung (in the Western Australian wheatbelt south-east of Perth) is called St Augustine (of Canterbury) where I have often attended services with my family over the years. My brother Adam was married there by Father George Harvey who was a wonderful Anglican Franciscan and very Anglo-Catholic. My family saw him as our family priest and when my Russian Orthodox step-grandmother died he especially returned to do her funeral. Nana as a former Ballet Madame and Choreographer had always been impressed with him and his gestures at the Communion Service and disliked those more evangelical  or low priests who had sloppy gestures. Eventhough we were mainly evangelical Anglicans of Jewish ancestry we took this Anglo-Catholic Franciscan Friar into our hearts.

Recently I also learnt that Father George Harvey was greatly influenced by the Anglican Sisters of St. Elizabeth who ministered to the settlers in the south-west of Western Australia between 1928-1957. My own great grandparents Leonard and Hannah (Johanna) Lewis with their sons Charlie, Jack and Toby settled near Nothcliffe on the Warren River among the huge trees. They were given land there after Uncle Charlie returned from the first World War so they left their farm in Dumbleyung for Northcliffe. He was given an axe and told to clear the land and settle it. They were ministered to by these same Anglican Sisters along with the English Group Settlers. Back in England Hannah Lewis had a relative (her father's second cousin) Sister Caroline Montefiore who was a nun with the Anglican Sisters of Mercy at Clewer in Berkshire (the Community of St John the Baptist). Sister Caroline's father Abraham Israel Montefiore  was a first cousin once removed to the famous Jewish philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore.

I pray that Our Lady of the Southern Cross prospers this new endeavour for the glory of the Kingdom and I ask St Augustine of Canterbury to intercede for it's spiritual growth and fruitfulness .

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