Pope Paul VI to the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Michael Ramsey

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Patrons of the Anglican Ordinariates

On the Anglo Catholic blog, there is an interesting discussion on who should be the patron of the Anglican Ordinariates. Many have expressed their choice of Our Lady of Walsingham as a global patron. I believe it is a wise choice. John Henry Cardinal Newman is obviously another choice. We agree.

Ordinariates in different countries when they are eventually set up will probably have their national saints as their patrons. If the Philippines has an Anglican Ordinariate, it is likely that the Patron would be the Holy Virgin under a Filipino title, St Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila and Blessed Pedro Calungsod of the Visayas, both lay catechists also as patrons. This gives the message that the Filipinos are missionaries wherever they go and in doing so bear the cross even unto death. Father Joseph Frary of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines told me that Filipinos overseas have inspired people to pursue religious vocations, even in Mongolia!

I brought out the suggestion there that Father John A Staunton Jr can be a patron and a "Coming Home" witness for ecumenism and catholicity for Filipinos.  Filipinos can propose him for beatification, but like Newman, it may take a century or so or even more.
Our Lady of Walsingham, Our Lady of the Philippines, Blessed John Henry Newman, St Lorenzo of Manila, Blessed Pedro Calungsod, Father John A Staunton Jr, pray for us to God.

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