No Spirit For Joint Confirmation

I saw this piece reported on CNS and CathNews Australia: the CDWDS has vetoed a joint Anglican-Catholic Confirmation in New South Wales on Pentecost.

I’m a bit unclear about one detail. Anthony Barich of CNS writes the Confirmation was to tale place in Maitland’s Sacred Heart Cathedral. CathNews, however, linked that the liturgy was planned for the Anglican Christ Church Cathedral in Newcastle.

If the Anglican and Catholic bishops decided to hold Confirmati0n in the same church, same day, I could see why the CDWDS intervened, citing “confusing messages.” Imagine if some head-in-the-clouds kid got in the wrong line or something.

However, if the Anglican/Catholic arrangement was to celebrate Confirmation on the same day in the home cathedrals, that wouldn’t seem particularly confusing, would it? All you have to do is get to the right church on time. And if that’s a problem, do Catholic bishops around the world have to start watching the confirmation calendars of Anglicans, Lutherans, Orthodox, Old Catholics and whomever to make sure we eradicate the confusion?

Any Aussies reading who can clear this up? Was Confirmation going to be in the same building?


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to No Spirit For Joint Confirmation

  1. Anthony says:

    Cathnews’ report was wrong. it was to be at sacred heart catholic cathedral. the confusion was that the Catholic sacrament of confirmation is not the same as anglican confirmation, as anglican orders are not deemed valid in the first place. no prejudice here, just stating the facts. hope that clears things up.

  2. Deacon Eric says:

    Hey Todd, here’s an idea: serialize Apostolicae Curae. Then we can all see the incredibly faulty premises that were marshalled to prove a point that was already decided upon. It would be especially effective to put the aspects of the Anglican Ordinal that Leo decided was invalid alongside our current Rite of Ordination and see how our current rite compares to what Leo thought was essential for validity.

    Poor Leo. Yet another example of popes who are mixed blessings; when they’re right, they are spectacularly right, and when they’re wrong, they are spectacularly wrong.

  3. Jimmy Mac says:

    Deacon Eric: constructing the general to support the specific? O ye of little faith! I’m sure that Rome has NEVER done that before.

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