A second reason for not joining the Ordinariate that our correspondent offers is that, ‘it is an open secret that the Catholic hierarchy in England and Wales has never been keen on the Ordinariate, which has become something of a disfavoured ghetto.’ And therefore, ‘even if [an Anglican] priest or parish has a dubious relationship with the C of E hierarchy, crossing the Tiber is unlikely to improve matters’.
Alas, there may be a grain of truth in the suggestion that some of the bishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales seem not to be overly keen on the Ordinariate; although to say that the Ordinariate has become a disfavoured ghetto is not true.
Nevertheless, it must surely be better have an uncomfortable relationship with bishops with whom one is undoubtedly in full communion than to have an uncomfortable relationship with bishops with whom one insists one has impaired communion at best.
We are all made uncomfortable by the new and unexpected, even Catholic bishops. Current and passing discomfort is as nothing, given the prize of full and visible communion – the very thing for which Jesus Christ himself prayed.