Four years after the promulgation of Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum Coetibus, the leader of the ordinariate in England and Wales admits that it’s not growing.
A recent article in The Tablet quotes Msgr. Keith Newton in his Chrism Mass homily:
“We must be honest and say the ordinariate has not grown as much as we hoped it might. The vision has not been caught … We must communicate our message much more widely and with more vigour and enthusiasm.”
While receiving a fair amount of attention, the ordinariate has always been a very small group. Various sources place the current membership of the ordinariate in England and Wales at a mere 1,500, but with a relatively high number of priests at 85. That’s roughly one priest for every eighteen people! It seems that Anglicanorum Coetibus has wooed far more clergy than laity.
Interestingly, the ordinariate just published it’s first official liturgical book, Divine Worship: Occasional Services, which was released at the end of March. The ordinariate also published a slightly-less-than official liturgical volume, The Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham in 2012.