The Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF) has told the leaders of ordinariates from across the world that 'all eyes' are upon them, reports The Catholic Herald.
Addressing the three ordinaries from around the world during a meeting in Rome last month, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller reminded them of the delicacy and importance of their task in the first few years and added: 'You will come under scrutiny from many quarters. All eyes are upon you!'
Mgr Keith Newton of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the UK, Mgr Jeffrey Steenson, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter in the United States, and Mgr Harry Entwistle, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia, visited Cardinal Müller in the run up to his becoming a cardinal.
The ordinaries’ visit to Rome – three years after the first of the three ordinariates was established - was the first time three of them had all met together.
Cardinal Müller said: 'Anglicans will be interested in how well you are able to make a home in the Catholic Church that is more than just assimilation, while Catholics will want to know that you are here to stay, strengthening our ecclesial cohesion rather than setting yourselves apart as another divisive grouping within the Church… It is your delicate, but all-important, task both to preserve the integrity and distinctiveness of your parish communities and, at the same time, help your people integrate into the larger Catholic community.'