On February 19, 2012, former Roman Catholics, Bishop Oscar Rojas Quinto and three of his clergy will be received as priests into the Anglican Church of Peru, along with their congregations from Huancayo in the mountains of central Peru. Bishop Harold William Godfrey, who heads the Diocese of Peru, called it a "reverse Ordinariate."

As a community of former Roman Catholics, they have suffered from persecution and prejudice. They have been accused of being "false priests"; their services have been broken up and legal action threatened. "These are brave men and women who have endured much for the sake of the Gospel. It is an honor to count them a part of the Anglican family," said the Rev. Ian Montgomery, Canon to the Ordinary.

Bishop Oscar, while becoming an Anglican priest, will still be honored as a bishop, albeit without the ability to confirm or ordain. He will still be ecclesiastically involved in overseeing his congregations in the Huancayo region.

COMMENT: I don't understand that last bit. Surely a bishop is a bishop. In England, our suffragan, assistant and retired bishops don't have the same authority as a diocesan bishop but they can, most certainly, ordain and confirm. If they didn't then our diocesan bishops would have to work for a living.

Other than that, well done Anglican Communion. If there is one thing that the mother church has bequeathed to the rest of the Communion it's reserve and the ability not to crow too much when we win. Unlike a certain Italian denomination I could mention.


QUIETLY DOES IT — 13 Comments

  1. I wonder if that is the same Ian Montgomery who used to serve as rector of St. Philip’s, New Orleans, and was later in Tennessee. He was staunchly evangelical, as I recall.

  2. More investigation is needed.

    Only if you are in the slightest bit interested. Which I am not 🙂

    Heck! What do you think this blog is? The BBC?

  3. Oh, I wasn’t suggesting YOU do it, Fr. MP. I was thinking that someone who gives a toss might want to do it.

    Of course, all these people who have been jumping on the “Swimming the Thames” bandwagon might have done more homework in the first place.

  4. That’s okay, Chris. But please try and be more careful in the future. I don’t want people turning up here expecting journalistic integrity and other such archaic notions. I leave that sort of thing to my friends like Mark Harris and Sam Norton who are Washingtonian in their inability to tell a lie. As for me, I’m still trying to work out what the heck is wrong with phone hacking anyway.

  5. MP,
    As to the bishop not confirming or ordaining, it makes perfect sense in some parts of the church. In my former diocese, we had 2 retired bishops active in ministry, always addressed as bishop, and vested as bishops when officiating or at diocesan functions, but they never performed any episcopal acts or functions. In fact, when I suggested to the diocesan that he might free up some of his time by delegating confirmations to them, he looked at me like I had 2 heads.

    One of them has just been named delegated episcopal visitor (or whatever the term is) in my diocese, so he may be performing episcopal acts here.

  6. There must be a bishop-making machine on the Heart of Gold (see THHGTTG for details), right next to the tea making machine. “This bishop is almost, but not entirely unlike a bishop.”

  7. It seems the bishop was a bishop of the “Iglesia Catolica Oriental”
    (though I also saw some indication that he could have been a former RC priest who married and left Rome for that church)

  8. Well, ANYTHING from “VirtueOnline” should be considered “ConsiderTheSource”.

    [Is it just me, or has the word-verification requirement gotten truly an@l today? Separate wvs between preview&post, seconds apart? O_o]

  9. I actually met Bp. Godfrey 6 or 7 years ago here in the States. He’s more than a tad conservative for my taste, but struck me as an otherwise Good Guy®