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Monday, January 17, 2011


VATICAN CITY, 15 JAN 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Erected the new diocese of Bo (area 16,208, population 1.092.657, Catholics 50,000, priests 34, religious 49) Sierra Leone, by dividing the current archdiocese of Freetown and Bo, making it a suffragan of the metropolitan church of Freetown. He appointed Fr. Charles Allieu Matthew Campbell of the clergy of the archdiocese of Freetown and Bo, spiritual director of St. Paul's Major Seminary in Freetown, as first bishop of the new diocese. The bishop-elect was born in Njala, Sierra Leone in 1961 and ordained a priest in 1986.

 - Appointed Bishop Angelo Spinillo of Teggiano-Policastro, Italy, as bishop of Aversa (area 361, population 566,680, Catholics 549,070, priests 210, permanent deacons 24, religious 458), Italy. He succeeds Archbishop-Bishop Mario Milano, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.

 - Appointed Fr. Benjamin Phiri of the clergy of the diocese of Chipata, Zambia, currently rector of the national major theological seminary of St. Dominic in Lusaka, as auxiliary of Chipata (area 69,106, population 1,487,000, Catholics 379,834, priests 60, religious 175). The bishop-elect was born in Chongololo, Zambia in 1959 and ordained a priest in 1986.

 - Appointed Werner Arber, professor emeritus of microbiology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, as president of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

 - Appointed Rev. Keith Newton as first ordinary of the new Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the territory of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. Rev. Newton was born in Liverpool, England in 1952 and ordained a priest in 1976 for the Anglican diocese of Chelmsford. In March 2002 he was ordained as suffragan bishop of Richborough.
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  1. Please can you explain why, in the announcement about Rev Keith Newton, there is NO mention of his ordination as a Catholic priest. And please can you explain why his ordination as an 'Anglican priest' IS mentioned as Anglican Orders are not recognised by the Catholic Church. Hence his ordination as a priest AFTER he joined the Catholic Church.

  2. Correction required:

    Fr. Newton was ordained on Sunday at Westminster

  3. Last bullet: er, might have left out the punch line: "ordained a priest of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church on 15 January 2010."

  4. Anglican "holy orders" are invalid, therefore it cannot truthfully be said that Father Newton was "ordained" in 1976. He was ordained a priest Jan 15, 2011, thanks be to God.

  5. Rev. Keith Newton was ordained a priest on January 15, 2011, not in 1976 as falsely stated above.

    Let's pray for this truly holy man, as well as for the Vatican Information Service,


  6. " - Appointed Rev. Keith Newton as first ordinary of the new Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham..."

    Is Rev. Newton a CATHOLIC? I see he was "ordained" as a "priest" for the Anglicans in the '70s but there is no mention of his being confirmed or truly ordained as a Catholic priest. Very puzzling.



    -Appointed Rev. Keith Newton
    first ordinary new Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham
    Ordained priest in 1976 for the Anglican diocese of Chelmsford.
    (Ordained CATHOLIC DEACON Jan 14, '11)
    (Ordained CATHOLIC PRIEST Jan 15, '11)

  8. So Rev. Keith Newton is an Anglican bishop? Odd that the Holy Father would appoint an Anglican bishop as a Catholic ordinary.

  9. Why was Fr. Newton's ordination to the Catholic priesthood omitted?

  10. I believe that it is important to note that Fr. Newton was ordained on January 15, 2011, as a Catholic priest. This was not mentioned in the bolletino.

  11. Would it not be beneficial to point out Fr Newton's ordination as a CATHOLIC priest somewhere in there?

  12. Regarding the appointment of Rev. Keith Newton, given that Anglican orders are invalid, Fr. Newton was in fact NOT ordained a priest in 1976. His priesthood dates from the day of his ordination into the Roman Catholic priesthood on 15 January, 2011. As much as we may have wept at Mr. Newton's separation during the time of his spiritual journeying, we rejoice proportionately for his priestly ordination during this moment of homecoming. Nevertheless, however much we may want to be nice to the Anglicans, politeness has no bearing on the invalidity of Anglican orders. I would expect the VIS to understand that, and express it. But then, there has been no limit to the lack of comprehension coming from the curia during the past fifty years. Amend your announcement.

  13. With respect wasn't Rev. Keith Newton ordained as a Carholic priest on the 15th Jan this year

  14. Fr Keith Newton was not "ordained a priest in 1976". He was ordained a priest in 2011.
    Apostolicae Curae defines that all Anglican ordinations are "absolutely null and utterly void"

    Surely this is the whole point at issue?

    Jim Roche

  15. Please ignore these comments. A single traditionalist-leaning priest is encouraging people to dispute the biographical entry from his blog (wdtprs.com/blog). This is an orchestrated attempt, and not a random sampling of readers' opinions.


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