Jonathan Goodall announced in September 2021 that he was resigning as Anglican Bishop of Ebbsfleet to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church.
At the age of 60, Goodall had been Bishop of Ebbsfleet since 2013. He served in the Anglican Church supporting congregations that do not recognize the priestly ordination of women.
Before that, however, Goodball held various positions with the Archbishop of Canterbury and also as a vicar priest at Westminster Abbey.
Fr. Goodall is the second Bishop of Ebbsfleet to convert to the Catholic Church. In 2010, Andrew Burnham resigned his position and was ordained a Catholic priest the following year.
In all, four Anglican bishops were received into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2021, they are: John Goddard, Michael Nazir-Ali, Peter Forster and Jonathan Goodall.
Father Jonathan Goodall will be pastor of St. William of York Church in London, a parish in the Arch Diocese of Westminster.
His ordination poised many questions. And so, lets answer them :
- All those who got separated from the Catholic Church are called separated brethren. It means that the Catholic Church still sees them as siblings who left because of reasons of doctrine etc. The most known of these brethren are the Lutherans who left in 1517, and the Anglicans who left in 1534. Lutherans left when Rev. Fr. Luther started arguing that it was only Grace and the Bible that mattered. The Anglicans left when Rome refused to allow the King of England, Henry VIII, to divorce his wife.
- Even though the Church still sees them as brothers and sisters, they no longer share Full Communion with the Church especially in matters of doctrine (doctrine means teaching). The highest of these teachings is the Eucharist, while the Catholic Church teaches the Real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, most of the separated brethren teach that it is a symbolic presence. Most of them also believe we should not tell the Virgin Mary and other saints to pray for us.
- If any of them wishes to come back to Full Communion with the Catholic Church, he will do some catechism classes at the end of which he will profess ‘belief’ in the Catholic Church.
- The Anglican bishop, Jonathan Goodall, who is came back to the Catholic Church is married with 2 children. He will take some catechism and theology lessons on the teachings of the Catholic Church. Then, he will be ordained a Catholic priest, if Rome approves. He will retain his wife and kids as the Eastern Orthodox Catholics do, without aspiring to become a Catholic bishop, unless the Church sees a great need to ordain him a bishop also and his wife consent to the norms and stipulations from the office of Doctrine and Faith.
(Sources: Anglicanorum coetibus no. VI paragraph 1; Sacerdotalis Caelibatus no. 42) -Fr. Gabriel.
FOR CLARIFICATION SAKE
A personal ordinariate, sometimes called a “personal ordinariate for former Anglicans” or more informally an “Anglican ordinariate”, is a canonical structure within the Catholic Church established in order to enable “groups of Anglicans” to join the Catholic Church while preserving elements of their liturgical and spiritual patrimony.
Created in accordance with the apostolic constitution “Anglicanorum coetibus” of 4th November 2009 and its complementary norms, the ordinariates are juridically equivalent to a diocese, “a particular church in which and from which exists the one and unique Catholic Church”, but may be erected in the same territory as other dioceses “by reason of the rite of the faithful or some similar reason”.
Three primarily Anglophone ordinariates were established between 2011 and 2012:
✅ Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (England and Wales, Scotland)
🔥 Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter (United States, Canada)
❤️ Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross (Australia, Japan)
The Anglican ordinariates are intended to integrate groups of Anglicans into the life of the Catholic Church in such a way as “to maintain the liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions of the Anglican Communion within the Catholic Church, as a precious gift nourishing the faith of the members of the Ordinariate and as a treasure to be shared”. An ordinariate is part of “the Latin Rite, within the full communion of the Catholic Church and professes all that church’s doctrine on faith and morals.”
Augustine Mario Nnaji