By Anna ArcoAuxiliary Bishop Alan Hopes of Westminster with the first clergy of the world's first Personal Ordinariate (Photo: James Bradley)
(Catholic Herald) Three former Anglican bishops were ordained to the Catholic priesthood today as the founding members of the world’s first ordinariate.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster ordained the three men this morning at a packed Westminster Cathedral.
Keith Newton, the former Bishop of Richborough, Andrew Burnham, the former Bishop of Ebbsfleet, and John Broadhurst, the former Bishop of Fulham, were ordained Catholic priests just two days after their ordination to the diaconate and only two weeks after they were received into the Catholic Church.
The three men become the first clergy members of the world’s first personal ordinariate, established by a papal decree and known as the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, under the protection of Blessed John Henry Newman. The Ordinary, or head, of the ordinariate will be Fr Newton.
Fr Newton, Fr Burnham and Fr Broadhurst were three of five Anglican bishops in England and Wales who publicly announced that they would take up the offer made in the Pope’s November 2009 decree Anglicanorum coetibus.