Well, this is a shock. My immediate reaction is somewhat selfish. It happens that just yesterday I heard our Ordinariate pastor's report on the symposium on the Ordinariate which took place in Houston on the first weekend of February. The symposium was addressed by no less than the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Bishop Gerhard Müller, and at his request. It was his first address in what I believe is his first trip to the United States in his current office: in other words, this was rather an honor to the Ordinariate, and out of proportion to our slight numbers.
Bishop Müller repeated what he had been told by his predecessor, Cardinal Levada: "this is the Pope's project," which is obviously true on at least one level since it was Benedict who created the Ordinariate, and seems to go beyond that to indicate that the Ordinariate is something that he considers particularly important and particularly wishes to see succeed.
So my first reaction is Oh no--what does this mean for the Ordinariate? But it's not as if the end of Benedict's pontificate was likely to be very far off in any case, considering his age. So perhaps it's good for us that he's doing this, and may have some influence in choosing his successor. And that basic line of reasoning applies to everything else.
I only hope this is not the end of the renewal that has been in progress since the election of John Paull II.
What are your reactions?