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on 27 September 2013
Once again Aidan Nichols has done us all a service in the production of this lucid and compact history of the Ordinariate and what it means in the context of Anglican/Catholic relations in this country. It is a natural and entirely apposite progression from where he left off in his previous book 'The Panter and the Hind' published in the late 1990s, bringing a complex and controversial topic up-to-date. It shows how Anglicans and Catholics can come together in a way that allows each to fully share the many riches of their respective traditions, to their mutual advantage and announces a new chapter in the story of the Catholic Church in this country and a fresh opportunity for an enriched eucumenical dialogue. Fr Nichols makes what for many may seem difficult both exciting and much easier to grasp than might have been the case if the work had been undertaken by someone else with a poorer knowledge of Anglicanism and less appreciation of its rich history and traditions. In short, it is gem of an introduction and not to be missed.
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on 22 August 2013
Fr Nichols book (82 pages, so more an extended pamphlet rather than a book) is a useful guide to explain where the Ordinariate is coming from and its mission in the future. The historical background is sketched in (with footnotes and citations); the theology involved and the distinctively Anglican liturgy that is brought with it. The Ordinariate should bring an improved formation of the laity and clergy. Two quibbles which tripped me up a number of times: the Holy Father appears to be Benedict XVI (there is no mention of Pope Francis); and bad proof-reading, the most egregious being Thomas for Thames! And many prepositions missing. On the whole a useful summation of the current situation of the Ordinariate.
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on 2 May 2014
There's lots in traditional Anglican practice and belief that is perfectly compatible with Catholicism as some Anglicans have been finding out. This book gives a brief overview of this exciting new development whereby Anglicans can become Catholic in fact as well as name without entirely forsaking their Anglican heritage.
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on 5 April 2016
Bought this in conjunction with a pilgrimage to Walsingham.
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on 22 August 2013
Excellent book, offers an easy to read explanation of the very complicated and controversial action by Pope Benedict XV1 in setting up the Ordinariate of our Lady of Walsingham. Also of its subsequent counterparts in America and Australia
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on 6 April 2014
This book is one of first to consider the role of the Personal Ordinariate [a bridge between Anglicanism and the Catholic Church]
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on 29 January 2014
A good and much wanted book, well set out and easily followed. I now would like to see at least the canon to go with it.
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