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Married clergy an “abberation” in the Ordinariate

Married clergy an “abberation” in the Ordinariate

There’s been some questions raised as the shape of the Roman Catholic Ordinariate becomes clear. One of the most common questions has been the future status of married clergymen going forward. We know that married Anglican clergymen are welcome, but what about priests and deacons raised up from within the Ordinariate? Might that afford married Roman Catholic men a chance to be ordained priests?

Apparently not.

“Married priests will be only a temporary aberration within the Anglican Ordinariate, says Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state. Speaking in an interview in the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore  Romano, and in recently published extracts from his forthcoming book, A Great Heart: Homage to John Paul II, Bertone said that although already married Anglican priests will be acceptable under the ordinariate, ‘the enduring value of celibacy will be reaffirmed, necessitating that for the future, unmarried priests will be the norm in such ordinariates.’ Until then, the procedures developed by Pope John Paul II for the reception of already married Anglican clergy will apply.

Cardinal Bertone added that Anglican clergy seeking full communion with the church of Rome should undergo training with ‘other diocesan seminarians, thereby ensuing them serious academic, pastoral and spiritual preparation. The acceptance of these Anglicans will be considered in the context of their allegiance to the doctrine and practices of the Catholic church.’”

From here in the Anglican Journal.


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At an ecumenical conference in the mid-1990s, I once met a priest of a continuing “Anglican” denomination. The interesting thing is though, while he was a transfer priest into this denomination, he’d never been an Episcopal priest, rather a Roman Catholic (who, of course, had got married).

When word came that married Anglicans (of various flavors) were now being accepted into the Roman Cathlolic priesthood, he called his former RC bishop, to see if he could come back to Rome.

The RC bishop hung up on him. ;-p

JC Fisher

Hermano David | Brother Dav•veed

Nicholas I think that one of your questions is based on a misunderstanding of the Ordinariate. Folks who are already members of the Roman Catholic Church cannot become members of the Ordinariate’s parishes. Roman Catholic men, married or not, cannot become members of the Ordinariate as laymen or as the ordained.

Regardless of whether the Ordinariate continued the tradition of the formation of married Anglican priests within the Ordinariate, men who were already members of the Roman Catholic Church would not have been eligible to become priests in the Ordinariate.


Ergo, the Anglican Ordinariate’s shelf-life expires in 3, 2, 1…

JC Fisher

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