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Ordinariate head 'excluded from Reformation events'

Ordinariate head 'excluded from Reformation events'
Mgr Keith Newton was reportedly not invited to ecumenical events commemorating the Reformation

THE CATHOLIC HERALD-UK
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/
Nov. 7 2017

The head of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was snubbed from last week's ecumenical commemorations of the Reformation, a leading Ordinariate priest has said.

In a letter to the Catholic Herald, Fr Ed Tomlinson asks why Mgr Keith Newton, who serves as ordinary of the group for former Anglicans, was not invited to be "part of the numerous 'reformation celebrations' taking part in the ecumenical landscape this week".

Fr Tomlinson also wants to know why Mgr Newton had not been asked "to join the ARCIC [Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission] conversations despite his obvious importance as a former bishop of the Church of England now leading a body, the ordinariate, whose entire purpose is to enable Anglicans to become Catholic while retaining a distinctly English spirituality/patrimony".

In the six years since the creation of the ordinariate, Fr Tomlinson says, "we have been routinely undermined by those in authority over us. Not a single church has been gifted to the ordinariate despite several closing each month. Why are so many of our clergy used to plug diocesan gaps instead of being enabled to flourish within the vision to which we were called?"

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