Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Catholics And Anglicans
The choice between irrelevance and redemption

A couple of interesting articles. Draw what conclusions you may ---

From CatholicCulture.org; Episcopal Church bishops affirm ordination of non-celibate homosexuals
July 14, 2009

In a rebuke to the more conservative branches of the Anglican Communion, the bishops of the Episcopal Church voted 99-45 on July 13 to affirm the ordination of non-celibate homosexuals” to “any ordained ministry” within the church, so long as they are in “lifelong committed relationships.”
Some of the article from TheCatholicSpirit.com; Cardinal says Catholics humbled by Anglicans' decision to join church

Catholics are humbled by the stories of former Anglicans who were faced with a decision and stepped out in faith to join the Catholic Church, said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston.

"The Catholic Church understands and appreciates the sacrifices made by former Anglican clergy and laity who have made the journey as individuals or as communities to full communion with the Catholic Church," he said June 12.

"Truly, Rome is home and a place of abiding in our pilgrimage to the father," noted the cardinal in a keynote address at the 2009 Anglican Use Conference in Houston.

Father Eric Bergman, a former Episcopal priest who is pastor at the Anglican-use church in Scranton, joined the Catholic Church in 2005, when it became evident, he said, that he and other conservative Episcopalians were becoming an oddity in his denomination.

He credits the Catholic Church's unwavering stance on the dignity of human life and its view on the sanctity of the marriage bond as major factors in his decision to become a Catholic.

Under the pastoral provision, he and his wife and children and his parishioners all entered the Catholic Church at the same time.

Joe Blake, president of the Anglican Use Society, reported that about 120 Episcopal and Anglican priests have become Catholic priests since 1980. Most are married and working in Latin-rite parishes. Approximately 700 laypeople have made the transition into the Catholic Church with their priests.

4 Comments:

Blogger TheSeeker said...

One of my favorite priests is an Anglican-expat!

8:40 AM  
Blogger itzik janowitz said...

I really can not understand the Catholic Church any more.Married priests and Homosexual priest in the Catholic Church? I think I had better search out a SSPX parish. If what the Pope said this week,
"Earlier this week, Pope Benedict called for a “world political authority” to manage the global economy." is any indication of where this world is heading, I had better start searching for my Catholic Cave.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Itzik,
You cannot understand the Catholic Church anymore so you're going to search out an SSPX parish??? Last I heard, despite some odeience problems that are being dealt with, SSPX is totally loyal to the Catholic Church and pray for the Pope at eevery Mass (although admittedly some of their adherents feel they are more Catholics than the Pope).

Get a clue, Itszy, the Catholic Church has had married priests for two millenia in the Eastern Rite and any number of married Anglican/Espicopalian priests can be allowed a special dispensation to be ordained in the Catholic Church. A celibate priesthood is a Church-made rule, so the Church has the auithority to make special exceptions -- just like the Americam bishops moved Ascension Thursday to the next Sunday.

7:56 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Given the state of the PECUSA today, pretty soon the late Bishop Pike's "theology" will seem quite orthodox in comparison with what's going on today.

9:32 PM  

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