Name That Ordinariate!
Look, it's going to need a name. And our Romish brothers have some great ones, don't they? Where the rest of us have corporate-sounding departments and units, they have congregations, vicariates, and apostolates. We have representatives, they have nuncios.
But it is the names of their religious orders that really knock our socks off. Some are pointedly quaint: Benedictine Sisters of the Perpetual Adoration, Canons Regular of the Holy Cross of Coimbra. These are the names that are endlessly, and tediously, satirized by playwrights who didn't enjoy parochial school. But other orders possess names that make bold, even (upon reflection) somewhat tendentious claims. Society of Jesus? So what does that make the rest of Christianity? Lovers of the Holy Cross? Count us in!
So what will they call the new personal ordinariate (for now, here, "the PO," rhymes with Hugh)? The Pope is a busy man, and doesn't have time to think this sort of thing through. But we trust that Egg readers will come up with suggestions to help him out. After all, what are friends for?
Our first thoughts on the subject include:
Congregation of Romish Anglicans, Worshiping Laud ("admiring Laud" would be more charitable, but would lose the abbreviation which serendipitously describes their locomotion Romeward).
Order of Guy Fawkes, although we would just call them the Fawkesians. Or "the Gunpowder Boys." (In fact, their drinking song might include variations on "remember, remember, the fifth of November," with special attention to"treason and plot.")
The Hooker-Haters. Actually, that's just a nickname for the Society for the Repeal of Article XIX. It sounds more impressive in Latin.
Confraternity of the Absolute Truth, a name which neatly demonstrates their distance from the Anglican branch of Anglicanism.
Well, these aren't worth much. But we know you can all do better -- so keep those cards and letters coming!