Monday, 24 December 2012

A Christmas Present...

Deo gratias! The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has finally been given a church! The parish of The Most Precious Blood, Borough, is to be cared for by Fr. Pearson of the Ordinariate.

I have to say that I'm surprised it has taken so long for the Ordinariate to be given a church... in America, the Ordinariate were given a base almost before they'd been formed. I'm also surprised that the Ordinariate haven't been given a church in Westminster... but, hey, Southwark seems to be a little more organised.

I've been to the church in Borough - about 15 years ago. It's very close to London Bridge, so isn't as horrendous a location as it sounds (I mean, who has heard of "Borough"??) and I'm sure that the Ordinariate will be able to do great things there.

UPDATE:  It seems as if the parish hasn't actually been "given" to the Ordinariate, but has just been entrusted to their care. This is really unbelievable - the Ordinariate ought to be given their own church to serve as a base for Monsignor Newton as the Ordinary. The Bishops of England & Wales need to be much more supportive, as they have been encouraged to by the words and example of the Holy Father.

4 comments:

Zephyrinus said...

How wonderful !!!

Deo Gratias.

John McCarthy said...

I may have mis-understood the announcement, bt as far as I can see an ordinariate priest has been appointed PP of the Diocesan parish with the agreement of the Ordinary. This is not the first example of this in Southwark.

So not yet a Principal Church.

Annie Elizabeth said...

That used to be our parish, 18 years ago! Borough is a v trendy area these days... it was rather more bohemian when we lived there. If l remember correctly, the Manna Centre is next door.

EFpastor emeritus said...

Mongeham Paris UPPER Deal, is also cared for by a priest of the Ordinariate

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