... grateful thanks this morning to our Blessed Lady of the Atonement, the Mother of God of Walsingham and Fatima and Czestochowa! Kind Mother and Guardian of the Ordinariates! And may her blessings continue, particularly upon Fr Christopher Phillips and his wife JoAnn, the clergy and nuns and Faculty at the Academy of the Atonement, all the many members of the congregations; all the students.
(Wozzat? You wanna know how Fatima and Czestochowa come into this? Bishop Stephen's father is Portuguese and his mother Polish. With what joy the Canon of the Mass will have been said at the Atonement this morning una cum famulo tuo papa nostro Francisco et antistite nostro Stephano!)
22 March 2017
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It couldn't possibly be because of this....
Is it lawful to name a non-diocesan Ordinary in the Canon of the Mass? I think this is of no littel ecclesiological relevance.
Hannes, the Church had bishops before she had "dioceses" or "eparchies," etc. It's not the designation of a bishop's canonical territorial jurisdiction that is important ecclesiologically, but that he is an ordinary with territorial jurisdiction. The Ordinariate of St. Peter in America might be compared to a vast archdiocese. The parish of Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio is now canonically subject to Bishop Stephen Lopes, so it is his name which now must be spoken at the "et antistite nostro NN" when Mass at Our Lady of Atonement is offered.
Sorry to hear about the attack on Parliament. Glad they stopped the jihadist dead.
As I understand the situation, per the parish website, the Vicar General is the "interim administrator" and Fr. Phillips is emeritus.
In the Ordinariate liturgy Bishop Lopes is named as he is our bishop. The Ordinariate is our diocese, in that sense it is different from, for example, a prelature, or at least the one that now exists.
If anyone would like to view a video of the Mass on the day The Atonement Academy became an Ordinariate school, it can be found at this link:
I asked some of the students afterward if they noticed anything different. Several of them exclaimed, "We prayed for Steven our Bishop!"
Our good bishop spells his given name Steven!
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