SAN ANTONIO, TX: Founding Priest inhibited by Ordinariate [VirtueOnline]

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX: Founding Priest inhibited by Ordinariate

    Fr. Christopher Phillips at Our Lady of Atonement has been stripped of his priestly faculties

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    Another shoe has dropped at Our Lady of the Atonement, the founding Anglican Use Pastoral Provision parish in Texas. The Rev. Christopher Phillips' faculties -- the permission, ecclesial authority and sacerdotal privilege to exercise his priesthood publicly -- has been rescinded.

    This pronouncement came down on Dec. 6 in the form of a letter by Bishop Steven Lopes (Ordinariate I) written to the "Parishioners of the Church of Our Lady of the Atonement."

    "With a heavy heart therefore, and effective immediately, I am restricting the faculties of Father Christopher Phillips," Bishop Lopes wrote using bold to emphasize the fact. "This means that as, Father Phillips turns 70 next week and enters into full retirement, he will no longer participate in the life of Our Lady of the Atonement Parish, nor Atonement Academy."

    Fr. Phillips turns 70 on Friday the 13th.

    In that letter, which was read from the raised pulpit at all OLA Masses, Bishop Lopes explained to the "Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ" that their beloved pastor emeritus was named in a list of "clergy credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors" released in January by the Archdiocese of San Antonio "for failing to report credible allegations against Deacon Orr to the Archdiocese."


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    anglican74 Well-Known Member Anglican

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    So all is not well in the Ordinariate...

    I would hate to be the priest who gave up his ANglican identity to become RCC-ordained, only to lose it all once again
     
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    That parish is somewhat unique in that it is large and well established. The archbishop of San Antonio tried mightily for several years to gain control of the property. His machinations were almost certainly a catalyst for the 'Anglican use' parishes which pre-dated the Ordinariate being merged into the Ordinariate a couple of years ago.

    It's debatable whether some of those parishes had an Anglican identity though. For the most part the Ordinariate has drawn from the Anglo-Papalist fringes of liturgical ritual fetishists.
     
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