Archive for October 24th, 2009

Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans

24 October, 2009

SPN 29Wanderer contributor Scott Rich­ert commented on the significance of the date, October 20, that the ap­ostolic constitution was announced in his column for the About. com Guide to Catholicism, and Pope Benedict’s penchant for linking im­portant acts with important feast days.

The Holy See’s announcement came on the Feast of St. Paul of the Cross, the Italian founder of the Passionists who devoted his life to the conversion of England.

“Though St. Paul spent his life in Italy,” Richert wrote, “The Cath­olic Encyclopedia notes that ‘for fifty years he prayed for the con­version of England, and left the de­votion as a legacy to his [spiritual] sons.” Almost 65 years after his death, the Passionists were first in­troduced into England, and The Catholic Encyclopedia declares that ‘ They came in the spirit of Apostles without gold or silver, without scrip or staff or shoes or two coats,’ yet they ‘soon revived without commotion several Cath­olic customs and practices which had died out since the Reforma­tion. They were the first to adopt strict community life, to wear their habit in public, to give missions and retreats to the people, and to hold public religious proces­sions’.

. . . “All of this may simply be a co­incidence. But considering Pope Benedict’s sensitivity to the sym­bolism of dates, I don’t think so. In any case, on this historic day, we can join St. Paul of the Cross in praying for the conversion of En­gland.”

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