In my post on Saturday’s Ordination of the first three priests of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, I wrote that Archbishop Vincent Nichols had in his homily avoided ‘triumphalism’, and I thought was right he was right to do so. I realised later that I appeared to be echoing Elena Curti, who put his eirenicism down to embarrassed ecumenical sensitivity, she being rather less then enthusiastic about the Ordinariate and keen to portray everyone she can as being similarly minded – which was somewhat disconcerting. As a critique of Curti, I would recommend Hugh Somerville-Knapman’s post on his blog; one might wonder whether Curti might be as concerned about the tone of comments such as the piece that Tina Beattie has on her blog online pharmacy viagra.
What I mean by triumphalism and what Curti means are somewhat different – the distinction being for whose feelings we are concerned. Curti would read any positive support for the Ordinariate as triumphalism that would be undesirable because it might offend the liberal great and good viagra online. I was thinking rather of those Anglicans who are currently wondering whether they are called to the Ordinariate but have yet to resolve their confusion at considering departing the CofE cialis online. They need to know that they will be welcomed home, which they will be, not made to feel that they have surrendered or, in the vocabulary overused by The Daily Telegraph, ‘defected’, or done nothing more than become ‘disaffected’ Anglicans. This is not those who are already committed to being in the first wave of clergy and faithful to join the Ordinariate, but those who are hovering just out of sight and will respond best to gentle encouragement from the Roman side of the Tiber, just as many converts – including me – have done down through the decades.
There are those who are very cross about the Ordinariate, because to them it feels that ecclesiastical politics – Anglican and Catholic – are not going their way. I sympathise. I spent too much of the last few years angry about the losing – in fact lost before it ever started – battle I was part of in the CofE. I now look at the CofE and am sad rather than angry – sad for its members rather than angry about its politics – but, ooops, that is roughly what Tina Beattie seems to be saying from her rather different perspective about the Ordinariate viagra.
What however is different between me and Elena Curti or Tina Beattie is celebration – celebration that is shared by many current and former Anglicans, and convert and cradle Catholics. Celebration that in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, groups of Anglicans and their pastors who have heard the call into the Church from the Holy Spirit will soon be finding their way Home to the one true fold of the Redeemer .