Peter Jesserer Smith is a staff reporter for the National Catholic Register. He covered Pope Francis’s historic visit to the United States in 2015, and to Jerusalem and the Holy Land in 2014. He has reported on the Syrian and Iraqi refugee crisis, including from Jordan and Lebanon on an Egan Fellowship from Catholic Relief Services. Before coming on board the Register in 2013, he was a freelance writer, reporting for Catholic media outlets as the Register and Our Sunday Visitor. He is a graduate of the National Journalism Center and earned a B.A. in Philosophy at Christendom College, where he co-founded the student newspaper, The Rambler, and served as its editor. He comes originally from the Finger Lakes region of New York State.
VATICAN CITY – Catholics throughout the U.S. will have an opportunity to gain a special plenary indulgence this Sunday, Nov. 3, by joining in an Ordinariate parish or parish community’s Divine Worship Mass and singing the Solemn Te Deum.
The plenary indulgence authorized by Pope Francis marks the 10th anniversary of Anglicanorum Coetibus, Benedict XVI’s apostolic constitution creating three new personal Ordinariates: Catholic dioceses with Anglican traditions located in North America, the United Kingdom, and Oceania and the Pacific Rim.
The Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, which is the Ordinariate for North America, is celebrating a jubilee year from Nov. 3, 2019, to Sept. 27, 2020, when the Ordinariate observes the patronal Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham.
The plenary indulgence will also be granted also to Catholics who make a pilgrimage to the Our Lady of Walsingham Cathedral and Shrine in Houston, Texas.
According to the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, head of the Major Penitentiary of the Holy Roman Church, confirmed the Pope’s grant of the plenary indulgence “on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the promulgation of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.”
Both Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have been highly supportive of the Ordinariate and the restoration of the Anglican tradition to full Catholic life. Pope Francis in 2015 approved a new Roman missal for the Ordinariate based entirely on the English liturgical tradition, called Divine Worship, making it the third Roman missal in use next to the Roman missals for the ordinary and extraordinary forms. Pope Francis also named the Ordinariate’s first bishop, Bishop Steven Lopes, an American who had worked closely on setting up the ordinariate and Divine Worship in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and twice expanded the Ordinariate’s canonical membership rules and missionary mandate.
The Ordinariate’s statement on the jubilee year plenary indulgence continues:
The Indulgence for a visit to the Shrine during the Jubilee year may be obtained daily for one’s self, or, as an act of supreme charity, the person making the pious visit may receive the Indulgence on behalf of a member of Christ’s faithful who has died.
The conditions for obtaining the Plenary Indulgence, both on Nov. 3 or by making a pious visit to the Cathedral and Shrine during the Jubilee year, indicate that the faithful Christian:
— have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;
— have sacramentally confessed his/her sins within 20 days of receiving the Indulgence;
— receive the Holy Eucharist, preferably on the day receiving the Indulgence;
— pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.
All Catholics interested in obtaining this plenary indulgence Nov. 3 can find the nearest Ordinariate parish community here.
For more information about the Ordinariate read the Register’s coverage:
- Passion to Evangelize Drives New Ordinariate Catholic Communities
- English-Catholic Ordinariate Sees New Opportunities for Grace and Growth
- Catholic Belief in Eucharist Helped by Fellowship, Beauty of Worship, says Ordinariate Bishop
- St. Gregory’s Prayer Book: A Primer for Holiness From the English Patrimony
- Our Lady’s Dowry: New Ordinariate Missal Makes Advent History
- Historic Day for Catholics of Anglican Heritage as Pope Francis Names First Ordinariate Bishop
- Bishop Steven Lopes on Ordinariate’s Missal and Gift of English Catholic Patrimony
- Pope Francis Issues New Norms for Personal Ordinariates