Very significant costs were incurred in establishing the Ordinariate and supporting its members, especially those former Anglican priests and religious who have sacrificed their homes and livelihoods to become Catholics. A number of them are not only married but have dependent children. Naturally, the Church of England ceases to have financial responsibility for them on the resignation of their post.
The Ordinariate acknowledges with gratitude the substantial financial support it has received in these initial stages from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, the St Barnabas Society and other charities, as well as a personal donation made by Pope Benedict XVI. In future, however, funding will increasingly have to be met by members of the Ordinariate and its supporters.
The Ordinary has the responsibility for ensuring that his clergy are adequately remunerated, and must provide for their needs in the event of sickness, disability and old age. The Ordinary estimates that with the initial number of priests and religious at least £1 million per annum is required to fund the Ordinariate. The amount will of course only increase with the further ordinations that are anticipated.
What is the money needed for?
- Principally, the accommodation, salaries and living costs of clergy and religious and their dependents. Individual needs vary considerably.
- Some priests are active, others retired. Some are celibate, some are married with children. Some priests and religious are already finding paid positions within their local diocese or with Catholic charities, others rely entirely on the Ordinariate.
- The every day costs of running any parish community. This could include the expenses of liturgy and music, utility bills, insurance, etc. Eventually, it is hoped that each Ordinariate group itself would meet these ongoing expenses, but initially some might require external support.
- Some Ordinariate groups are worshipping in their local parish, others have been given churches by the local diocese or may acquire them in the future. If so, there will be the significant costs associated with maintaining church buildings.
- Some of the Ordinariate clergy or prospective clergy are still in the process of formation. It is anticipated that others will offer themselves for ordination in the future. Seminary training is thorough and, therefore, expensive.
- The Ordinariate is committed to bringing the Gospel of Christ to those in this country who have yet to hear it and, therefore, applying part of its resources to the work of evangelisation.
- Inevitably, there are costs of administration: the Ordinary and his office, the costs of running any charitable organisation. These are kept to a minimum.
The Friends of the Ordinariate also exists to raise awareness of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham throughout the wider Catholic Church and among the general population. To this end, the Friends organise talks and events throughout the UK and also arrange for members of the Ordinariate to visit churches and universities to introduce the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham to as many parishes as possible.