Thursday, October 22, 2009

Roman Catholics & Anglicans

In the news...
Pope Benedict XVI has created a new church structure for Anglicans who want to join the Catholic Church, responding to the disillusionment of some Anglicans over the ordination of women and the election of openly gay bishops.

The new provision will allow Anglicans to join the Catholic Church while maintaining their Anglican identity and many of their liturgical traditions, Cardinal William Levada, the Vatican's chief doctrinal official, told a news conference.
You can read the whole article here.

I think the move by the RC Church raises more questions for them than us. There will always be people who move from one church to another. It seems like the questions being raised now are about the celibacy rule of the RC priesthood since they are now accepting married priests from both Eastern & Western Churches and allowing those marriages to remain when they become RC priests. Why not do this for all RC priests?

I do not see a great swarm of people swimming the Tiber to become RC but it will definitely help those who don't believe in having women in leadership roles in the church (including the priesthood) to have a new home.

My wife (an Episcopal priest) and I wish Godspeed to them!

A good news article on this can be found here.

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