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Thursday, 3 May 2012

Pope donates $250,000 for disaffected Anglicans

The pope has donated $250,000 to the Personal Ordinariate, the body set up by the Vatican for disaffected Anglicans, which may be used for buying property and paying stipends.
The cash represents a big boost for the body, which was established in January 2011 and has drawn Anglican worshippers opposed to the Church of England's policy on female clergy.
"I am very grateful to the Holy Father for his generosity and support," said Monsignor Keith Newton, the ordinary of the ordinariate. "This gift is a great help and encouragement as we continue to grow and develop our distinctive ecclesial life while seeking to contribute to the wider work of evangelisation in England and Wales."
After signing up 250 new converts at Easter, the body – its full title is the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham – now has 1,200 worshippers and 60 clergy.
"The money will go towards assisting in the establishment of the ordinariate," said the Rev James Bradley, a spokesman for the body. "It will help us get up on our two feet."
Bradley said worshippers who had pulled out of Anglican congregations were being hosted by Catholic parishes, but in future "we will need funds for the acquisition and upkeep of our own church buildings". Read more...

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