The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!


Monday, January 17, 2011

Anglican Update

There were a couple of news items this week related to the movement of Anglicans into the Catholic Church. As you will recall, back in October 2009 the Vatican, issuing an Apostolic Constitution,  provided the means for Anglicans to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church (See my 2009 post: Anglicans Welcomed). On Saturday three Anglican bishops did just that and were ordained as Catholic priests at Westminster Cathedral. You can read more on this story here: Former Anglican Bishops Ordained.
Former Anglican Bishops, New Catholic Priests: (L to R) John Broadhurst, Keith Newton and Andrew Burnham,
A second related item centers on the problem of Anglican Church property. As an increasing number of Anglican clergy return to Rome, they may well take many of their parishioners with them. This, of course, leads one to ask, "What happens to the church building when no one worships there?" Interestingly, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, has suggested a solution, stating that “I think the challenge will come in working out shared use of churches, of how we as Anglicans ‘recommend’ people and also of course there will be some parishes without priests.” In other words, the new Catholic congregations may just find themselves worshiping in the same church building in which they worshiped as Anglicans. Read more here: Anglicans Churches Lose Their Vicars.

It's all very interesting...

God's peace.

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