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Frequently Asked Questions

If the "About" page did not answer your question, see below for common followup questions.

Q: Is the Ordinariate Catholic?
 

A: Yes. It is fully Catholic. The Ordinariate is a non-geographical or "floating" diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. It is part of the Latin/Roman Rite of the one Catholic Church. An "ordinariate" is a diocesan structure that is also used for the Military in the Catholic Church.

 

Q: Will this fulfill my Sunday obligation?

A: Yes. The Ordinariate Form is a valid, licit Mass that fulfills your Sunday obligation, as well as any other Day of Obligation. It is fully Catholic.

Q: Who can be a member of the Ordinariate?

A: "Anyone who comes into full communion with the Catholic Church or returns to the practice of the faith through the evangelizing activity of the Ordinariate qualifies for membership, regardless if they have any Anglican background or not."

Q: Who can be a member of Saint Aelred Catholic Church?

A: Any Catholic is welcome to register with Saint Aelred as a member. You do not need to be a member of The Ordinariate to be a member of an Ordinariate parish. It is no different than becoming a member of any other Catholic parish.

Q: Is the Ordinariate an "Anglican Rite" or is the Mass an "Anglican Use Mass?"

A: No, unlike (e.g.) the Byzantine Rite which has its own form of the Mass and is a separate Rite in The Roman Catholic Church, the return of Anglicans to The Catholic Church is not a matter of different cultural settings that are both Catholic, but is a matter of a schism being healed. Anglicans broke off from The Latin Rite and thus their return was to The Latin Rite. Thus The Ordinariate is "Roman," it is "Roman Rite," it is "Latin Rite," etc., but simply has a different form of the mass.

 

This is  comparable to the "usual mass" (Ordinary Form) which is sometimes compared to the "traditional latin mass" (Extraordinary Form). There is now a third form of the Mass in the Roman Rite: The Ordinariate Form. There are Anglican "elements" in the Mass but as a whole the Form is Catholic. Thus Ordinariate members and the Ordinariate Form of the Mass are not Anglican, they are Catholic.

 

Q: Is the existence of the Ordinariate mean the Anglican Tradition has entered the Catholic Church?

 

A: No. As with the question above, "elements" have entered in, not an entire tradition or "whole." For this reason when The Church speaks of "The Anglican Patrimony" she does not mean the Anglican Tradition has been accepted as is by the Catholic Church. It is rather bits and pieces of Anglicanism that were taken in and conformed to Catholic Form. For this reason, there is no private judgment about what the "Anglican Patrimony" is, but rather it is what The Holy See says it is. In short, our official texts, like Divine Worship the Missalis The Anglican Patrimony.