As an Episcopalian who is looking seriously at the ordinariates (and becoming Catholic thereby), I am starting to wonder if they will be viable entities in the end. I get the impresson that in England, the ordinariate is under considerable strain financially, despite 2 Million pound in initial donations (1 from the British Bishops, and one from an Anglican high church priestly society). It seems that the numbers are fairly small so far, perhaps just over 1,000 laypersons, but something like 200 priests.
I fear that if the venture is not financially self-sustaining, it may not succeed, or not succeed as presently constituted.
Also, there is no word as to when the US ordinariate will be set up, except “by the end of 2011”. I get the feeling something is up, but what exactly I don’t know. I e-mailed two priests, and got a response from one of them. Perhaps the one who didn’t respond is about to be named Ordinary, but I really don’t know.
Does anyone know anything that would cheer me up?