The Portal April 2017 - Page 8

THE P RTAL April 2017 Page 8 moment of controversy provides us with another: to re-evaluate the Ordinariate and to discover that the main perceived fault in the Ordinariate as perceived by Philip North in 2009 is one of restriction.  In 2010, just after the publication of Anglicanorum Coetibus, the Catholic League published the reflections of a number of Anglican clergy, including Philip North. In a contribution entitled ‘Anglicans and Catholics in Communion: Patrimony, Unity, Mission’ (www. thecatholicleague.blogspot.co.uk/p/anglicans-catholics- in-communion.html). Fr North wrote a very coherent article outlining the reasons why Anglo-Catholics should stay in the Church of England and resist the offer of Pope Benedict.  classrooms as we expand to 350.  I would argue that this scenario of restriction has simply not been realised.  I know from my colleagues in the Ordinariate that their ministry is even more diverse than they had as Anglicans in the usual settings of parish, cathedral, prisons, schools, hospitals and missions.  For example, in my parish of St Margaret Mary in Birmingham  -  a parish where Ordinariate and Archdiocese are working together -  we have Nigerians, Ghanaians, Zimbabweans, Eritreans, Italians, Polish, Irish and so many other nationalities comprising my congregation of 250 and we run a primary school for nearly 300 children who are not exclusively Catholic.  We are about to build four new  “Is that patrimony