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Ordinary interviewed by Ed Stourton on R4 "Sunday" Programme
Monday 1st September 2014

The Ordinary, Monsignor Keith Newton, gave an interview to Radio 4's Sunday programme on 31 August - in advance of the Ordinariate's Called To Be One exploration day, in which he spoke of the contribution that the Ordinariate makes to the diversity of the Catholic Church. He said that what Pope Benedict wanted when he set up the Ordinariate  "was for us to bring with us something of who we are and what we are and those of our traditions which are compatible with Catholic Church teaching. By doing that we show that it is possible to have a Catholic church which is uniform in its belief, doctrine and order, but diverse in its practice" .

Mgr Newton said that among the elements which former Anglicans brought with them to enrich the Catholic Church were aspects of their liturgy and spiritual tradition. But he said there was also something about the way they did things and the way they engaged with people on a pastoral level which was an important part of their heritage. "But what's important is not for me to talk about these things, but for diocesan Catholics to look at the Ordinariate and tell us what it is they think we bring" he said.

The interview was conducted live by "Sunday"'s presenter, Ed Stourton (pictured here). Among the other issues raised was the question of married priests in the Catholic Church. Mgr Newton said it was important to emphasise that the allowance made for married clergy like himself was a pastoral exception and that the discipline of celibacy was a valued one. However, he made the point that it was a discipline and not doctrine and that it could be up for discussion at some later date. "Were that to happen, the contribution the Ordinariate makes might be a factor in the discussion"  Mgr Newton said.

The interview with Mgr Newton followed one with the former religious affairs correspondent of The Times, Ruth Gledhill, in which she described the Ordinariate as "a really interesting distinctive entity within the Catholic Church which is proving to be something of a gift."

"Sunday" has an audience of one point five million each week.

Both interviews can be heard  here (starting about 23.50" in)


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