Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pope Names Ordinariate Bishop

From The Living Church-

Pope Francis has named the Rev. Monsignor Steven J. Lopes as the first bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a structure equivalent to a diocese for Roman Catholics who were nurtured in the Anglican tradition.

With this appointment, Pope Francis affirms and amplifies Pope Benedict’s vision for Christian unity, in which diverse expressions of one faith are joined together in the Church. By naming Bishop-elect Lopes, the pope has confirmed that the Ordinariate is a permanent, enduring part of the Roman Catholic Church, like any other diocese — one that is now given a bishop so that it may deepen its contribution to the life of the Church and the world.

The appointment comes just five days before the Ordinariate begins using Divine Worship: The Missal, a new book of liturgical texts for the celebration of Mass in Personal Ordinariates worldwide. The texts were approved by the Vatican for use beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 29.

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