The Portal Archive August 2011 - Page 3

THE P RTAL August 2011 Page 3 Portal News £1 million a year! by Will Burton At a recent Press Conference, Mgr Keith © Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham Newton launched a new Charity “The Friends of the Ordinariate”. Patrons of the new charity include Charles Moore, the Duke of Norfolk and Fra’ Matthew Festing, Grand Master of the Order of Malta. Mgr Newton also announced that he hoped that the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham would have a Church in London “within a few months”. The new charity aims to raise £1 million a year. This is estimated to be the cost of running the Ordinariate. Clergy need stipends, and there will be many other calls on the finances of the Ordinariate. In another announcement since our last publication the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament announced that it was donating £1 million to the Ordinariate. This represents about half the Confraternity’s reserves. At least one person has challenged this with the Charity Commissioners. The Portal’s information is that CBS and the Ordinariate are confident that the challenge will be rejected. Mgr John Broadhurst, Assistant Ordinary of the Ordinariate said that all indications were that the Charity Commission would dismiss the complaint. He said: “The trustees thought this was, in good faith, a better way to further their aims and objectives.” He cited its purpose as “the advancement of the Catholic faith in the Anglican tradition”. For further information please contact: Friends of the Ordinariate: Email: Reparation pilgrimage to Walsingham by Arnold Herron They came from London and the Midlands, from Bristol, Derby and Sheffield as well as from all corners of the country to the Norfolk village of Walsingham which has a special place in the hearts of many Christians, none more so than those Catholics of the Anglican tradition. It was the 16th July, the Pilgrimage of Reparation for the violence done in the Reformation era, organised by Antonia Moffatt. She had invited Mgr Keith Newton to lead the Pilgrimage and he in his turn let it be known that it would be good if members of the Ordinariate attended too. They responded very well. This was an emotional occasion for all present, and Bishop Lindsay Urwin, the Administrator of the Anglican Shrine, was visibly moved as he welcomed everyone. It was a truly ecumenical occasion, and one hopes the first of many. Perhaps Ordinariate Pilgrims to Walsingham will worship in both Shrines? The Portal hopes so. Mgr Keith told the assembled crowd that it was the first time he had been back to Walsingham since he became a Catholic. To laughter he said, “I used to drive down the road and turn right. Now I drive down the road and turn left!” Many Ordinariate priests concelebrated the wonderful Mass in the Chapel of Reconciliation. After lunch the Pilgrimage dodged the rain and processed into Walsingham town for Sprinkling in the Anglican Shrine. © Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham