I know that this is old news from 2012, but it is an interesting read nonetheless.

Even though he has been a Catholic priest for only about three years, Steenson was Pope Benedict XVI’s pick to lead a brand-new structure for Catholic converts from Anglican churches, a position he officially takes this weekend in Houston. The ordinariate consists of Catholic parishes that maintain some traditional Anglican prayers and music in services. Catholics hope their Episcopal neighbors see the initiative positively, as an unprecedented way of honoring the Anglican tradition and its core liturgy, in the Book of Common Prayer, by officially making a place for it in the Catholic Church. The formation of the ordinariate is the latest move by Benedict — who took the second-ever papal trip to England in 2010 — to reach out to disaffected Anglicans who may feel connected to Catholic theology and practice. “While the words of the church sounded Protestant, it always looked very Catholic,” said Aysha Pollnitz, a lecturer in early modern British history at Rice University. Through the Anglican Use parishes, the Catholic Church lets ex-Episcopalians keep worshipping from the Book of Common Prayer, the quintessential and beloved Anglican text that lays out the forms of service and worship, plus gives them a sense of fellowship with other parishioners and clergy who came from Anglicanism. The basic elements of Mass are the same, Hurd said, and a majority of his parishioners have thought and prayed through issues such as papal authority, devotion to Mary and other theological differences before coming into the Catholic Church.

Source: Ex-Anglican Catholics to welcome new leader – San Antonio Express-News


Atonement parish described as ‘in crisis’ Since Father Christopher Phillips’ removal last month as pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, archdiocese officials have remained mostly mum about the Anglican-turned-Catholic priest’s standing. Observers say tensions have risen among at least some parishioners, while the archbishop has reiterated his “pastoral concerns” for removing him. In Feb. 5 statement, García-Siller’s expressed in more distressed tones what he called “many untrue and harmful statements” being circulated about “my intentions toward the parish.” Wilson has distributed letters to parishioners that encourage them to sign a procurator mandates, documents that essential give Wilson the power of attorney under canon law to represent them. The one-page document opposes “any intention or act by ecclesiastical authority that would result in a change in the canonical status of the parish,” except for its transfer to the Personal ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peters.

Source: Atonement parish described as ‘in crisis’ – San Antonio Express-News

Last month, San Antonio’s Archbishop removed the longtime priest at Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church. It’s not just any church. It was founded by

Source: Removal Of Influential ‘Anglican Use’ Catholic Priest Raises Questions In San Antonio | Texas Public Radio

signing the procurator's mandate

 

The procurator’s mandate and instructions are now available for download in a pdf format. This is the mandate that was discussed and distributed in the meeting on Thursday, January 26. Thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy schedule to attend this informative information session.

Fr. Phillips and Atonement Academy expansion under construction

This is good to read if you are looking for more information on the parish and Fr. Phillips.

Despite continuing dialogue, unity between the Anglican and Catholic Churches seems as far away as ever. But there are practical examples of where communion between the two is real. One of them is the burgeoning parish and school of Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio, Texas.

Source: An Anglican-Catholic ecumenical triumph in the Lone Star State

By removing a dedicated pastor at an Anglican Use parish, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio has not only engaged in a striking overreach, but he’s fed perceptions that Catholic prelates are inflexible, authoritarian and aggressively assertive.

Source: Removal of pastor feeds perceptions of draconian authority