From THE BBC (William Crawley's blog):
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, says those Anglicans who respond to Pope Benedict's invitation to join the Catholic Church under the provisions of the new Apostolic Constitution, would not be "proper Catholics".
Here's part of the exchange I had with Dr Sentamu on this week's Sunday Sequence:
Archbishop Sentamu: "If people genuinely realise that they want to be Roman Catholic, they should convert properly, and go through catechesis and be made proper Catholics. This kind of creation [the Apostolic Constitution] -- well, all I can say is, we wish them every blessing and may the Lord encourage them. But as far as I am concerned, if I was really, genuinely wanting to convert, I wouldn't go into an Ordinariate. I would actually go into catechesis and become a truly converted Roman Catholic and be accepted."
William Crawley: "So those Anglicans who take advantage of the Apostolic Constitution, you're saying, would not be 'proper Catholics'?"
Archbishop Sentamu: "Well, I mean, I'd be very surprised --"
William Crawley: "What would they be if they are not 'proper Catholics'?"
Archbishop Sentamu: "They would be what they are: an Ordinariate of the Vatican."
William Crawley: "Anglican Émigrés?"
Archbishop Sentamu: "(Laughter) Well, if I was a Roman Catholic bishop and I had this group within my diocese being looked after by an Ordinariate whose reference was back to the Vatican, I'd have to ask a number of questions."
COMMENT: Ooh, you bitch! Well done Archbish! But this is what really annoys me about the Archbishop of York. He's a clever old so-and-so with a very quick mind. So YTF does he allow his cultural baggage to trump his intellect on so many important subjects where we really could do with a man with his intelligence and personal knowledge of oppression to counterbalance The Grand Tufti's academic gobbly gook with some logic and straight talking? Honest, John. You disappoint me at times.
Mind you, I could almost forgive him anything just for the fact that he's got Damian Thompson of THE TELEGRAPH, rolling around the floor frothing at the mouth and coming out with a load of hissy fit dross on his blog that is so obviously petulant that he might as well have just written, "DAMMIT! SENTAMU'S RIGHT" in bold, capital letters and just left it at that.