How sad it is to see the Roman Church setting up a body they call an “Ordinariate” to persuade otherwise reluctant Anglicans to join their Church. For centuries they have denigrated Anglican liturgies and married clergy, and now they are saying “Oh these are fine; just join our Church and you can carry on doing these things”.
And so they attract a dozen or two clergy and a few hundred laity. Meanwhile, the Anglican Church (or Episcopal in Scotland and the U.S.A.) has been receiving far more RC clergy and infinitely more RC laity, but with no blowing of trumpets or “R.C. Ordinariates”.
So maybe the time has come for the Archbishop of Canterbury to institute not an Ordinariate but a Specialariate for RC’s wishing to join the Anglican Church. They can keep their liturgy (goodness me, hundreds of Anglican churches in the UK already use it every day! ) and their priests can all be celibate, though if they would like to be real Anglicans, they could choose to be married either to a man or a woman!
The trouble is that R.C.s joining the Church (Oh sorry, that is very un-ecumenical; I mean, joining the Anglican bit of the Church) don’t want a Specialariate. They want to luxuriate in Choral Evensong sung daily in England’s forty-three Cathedrals. They want to practise contraception as a positive moral good. They want Bishops with wives and children. Some of them (most of them?) even want women celebrating the Mass. And very few of them would care a bit if they knew their parish priest was gay. And all of them want to live in a Church that allows all such questions to be openly debated and lived with.
Poor little Ordinariate! The Emperor’s new clothes will seem bulky in comparison.