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Monday, March 27, 2017
Archbishop: Anglican Ordinariate will not undermine ecumenical relations
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Archbishop Longley after Civic Mass with Cllr Alan Rudge, Fr Gerry Breen, Cathedral Dean; West Midlands High Sheriff, Mrs Anita Bhalla; Lord Lieutenant Mr Paul Sabapathy; Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Len Gregory, Lady Mayoress, Mrs Gill Gregory

Fears that the new Ordinariate being established by the Holy See for Anglicans who wish to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church will undermine good ecumenical relations were dismissed on Sunday by the Archbishop of Birmingham.
"Some have expressed fears that an Ordinariate may undermine good ecumenical relations but I believe those fears to be ill-founded," said the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, the newly appointed Chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales Department of Dialogue and Unity.

"During his visit Pope Benedict emphasised that his offer, in response to the petitions he had received: 'Should be seen as a prophetic gesture that can contribute positively to the developing relations between Anglicans and Catholics.'

"The Holy Father is clearly encouraging the Catholic community to welcome and receive any groups who choose to follow this path in a way that respects and learns from the Anglican patrimony they will bring," said the Archbishop.

"The Ordinariate is being formed so that the members of such groups may continue their Christian journey of faith in companionship with one another, under the spiritual and pastoral guidance of the priests who have served them within the Church of England, and at one with the Successor of  Peter," said Archbishop Longley.

"I am committed with Bishop David Urquhart, the Anglican Bishop of Birmingham, and Major Samuel Edgar, Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army, West Midlands, my fellow Presidents of Birmingham Churches Together to doing as much as we can in common, in pursuit of Christian unity and at the service of inter-religious dialogue and co-operation," said the Archbishop of Birmingham in his sermon during the annual Civic Mass held at the Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica of St Chad, Birmingham, on the Solemnity of Christ The King.

"In the present economic situation there are great challenges for all sections of our society.  Those in local government are having to take very difficult decisions and they will be conscious of the hardship and stress that many individuals and families are feeling at this time.

"Our churches and faith communities have a significant part to play.  It is important that we should not become pre-occupied with our own internal affairs or remote from the pressing social needs that are around us and within our communities," stressed the Archbishop.

"The faith communities in Birmingham are often among the first to recognise emerging social needs within our local communities.  Many of them have initiated and are involved in local projects that are making a practical contribution towards building a new culture of social responsibility," said Archbishop Bernard Longley, the celebrant and preacher at the Civic Mass.

"With the support of the City Council the Birmingham Faith Leaders Group is engaged in a web-based Faith Mapping exercise.  Once it is finished this will not only identify places of worship but it will also indicate the contribution being made by local faith communities to a wide variety of social needs."

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