As a final piece of work for today, I give a portrait of the ACCA, from whose ranks a bishop was chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to be the Ordinary. I am not sure the separation process is yet complete or whether it is intended that there would remain a TAC member church after everyone who is going to the Ordinariate has crossed over.
The ACCA has a static website run by Fr Graeme Mitchell who seemed at one time to be Ordinariate-bound. There are no blogs run from Australia and comments from Australians tend to be tight-lipped. This would be understandable if the separation is still ongoing and priests are still applying to the Ordinariate or waiting for an outcome. The official list of Ordinariate communities is here.
The ACCC is under an acting Vicar General, the Very Rev’d Fr Michael K. Pope, who is located in New South Wales. Archbishop Hepworth has completely disappeared. Fr Pope’s chancellor is Mrs Sandra McColl. Fr Graeme Mitchell is in office as diocesan registrar. Bishop David Robarts is still there, not in the Ordinariate, and styled as Bishop having Episcopal Authority in the Diocese of Australia. He is off the beaten track, in Tasmania rather than on the mainland.
There is a parish in Cairns, Queensland. I always thought Fr Gordon Barnier was Ordinariate-bound. I would appreciate information. Fr Owen Buckton also seems by all accounts to be Ordinariate-bound, and is still listed at his parish of Our Lady of Walsingham in Rockhampton. I had also heard the same of Fr Andrew Kinmont at the Chapel of St Stephen Protomartyr in Coomera.
There are also parishes in Surfers’ Paradise, Delungra in New South Wales, Fr Pope’s own community. Melbourne (South Caulfield) seems to be divided between the Ordinariate and Fr Mitchell’s community. Temporally or permanently? Fr Mitchell has an assistant priest. There are also All Saint in Melton, Mildura, Launceston and Hobart in Tasmania. There is a parish in Adelaide, but the priest’s name is Fr Stephen Nicholls, who also looks after a parish in West Croydon.
Now, is Australia a “toothpaste tube” or a permanent member Church of the TAC, or still in the process of resolution and separation? Information would be appreciated. I can only attempt something on Torres Strait if someone can give me hard information. Nothing substantial is available on the Web.