Extreme makeover: Church of England may do away with vestments

Bad idea:  Never mind the cassocks – vicars could soon be conducting services in shell-suits, shorts or even football shirts under radical plans to overturn centuries of Church tradition. Rules requiring the clergy to don traditional vestments are set to be swept aside as part of a ‘makeover’ designed to make services more relevant to [Read More...]

A first: monastery for the Anglican ordinariate to be founded on January 1

Details from the Catholic Herald in the U.K.:  The first monastery of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham will be founded on New Year’s Day, it was announced today. On January 1 2014 the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary will formally become the first autonomous monastery within the Personal Ordinariate of Our [Read More...]

Savannah ordains first former Anglican priest, a grandfather of 17

Father Lucien Lindsey gives his blessing to his wife, Jeanne. (Photo: Michael J. Johnson, editor Southern Cross) Details from the Savannah Morning News:  In a first for the Catholic Diocese of Savannah, Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer ordained an Anglican priest to the Catholic priesthood Wednesday. The Rev. Lucien Lindsey was ordained a Catholic priest at [Read More...]

Baltimore welcomes a new priest—and his wife and seven children

From the blog for the Anglican Ordinariate:  On Friday, Nov. 15, after the conclusion of the USCCB Fall Assembly, there was a wonderful ordination to the priesthood of Fr. Albert Scharbach.  Fr. Al was ordained by his boss, Bishop Denis J. Madden, auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, in what has been called “America’s most [Read More...]

“We really do have to stop being weird”

Those words, evidently, were among the arguments put forward for letting women serve as bishops in the Church of England. Really? Well, it seems to have worked. Fr. Dwight Longenecker has the whole story.   [Read more...]

Church of England bishops propose no longer making gay clergy promise abstinence

Details:  A panel of bishops is set to spark a fresh row over homosexuality by paving the way for the Church of England to relax its stance on gay clergy. Sources said the group will recommend that clerics wanting to enter civil partnerships should no longer have to promise their bishops that they will abstain [Read More...]

Hot cross bums: cold church tries pew warmers

As one reader noted, on sending this to me, “Leave it to the Anglicans.” Check it out: The prayers of parishioners at two cold and damp churches have been answered after the Diocese of Exeter agreed to trial re-heatable cushions on the pews. One hundred cushions are being trialled in Broadclyst and South Tawton’s Anglican [Read More...]

Archbishop of Canterbury encourages Anglicans to embrace the Sacrament of Reconciliation

From the Telegraph:  The Most Rev Justin Welby advised churchgoers that it could be an “enormously powerful” experience to unburden themselves to a confessor, even if it was not always a “bunch of laughs”. His comments came as he addressed the heads of other churches – including the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in [Read More...]

Here come the Anglicans: “We are on a pilgrimage together”

Today, the Boston Globe offers a glimpse inside the Anglican ordinariate.  Details:  Before Mass on a recent Sunday, the Rev. Jurgen Liias stood in a cramped sacristy of a Catholic church with an acolyte and cantor and began a call-and-response prayer of preparation. Incense smoldered. The men thumped their chests in a gesture of contrition. [Read More...]

No Catholic burial for Richard III

From First Things: In February, archaeologists confirmed that they had discovered the remains of King Richard III beneath a parking lot in Leicester. Richard died in battle at Bosworth Field in August 1485; the Tudor victors gave him a rather unceremonious burial in what was then a local abbey. Richard will now be re-interred in Leicester’s Anglican [Read More...]