Richmond bishop issues directive on unique Anglican-Roman Catholic community

You may remember this story from last fall  Now, an update:  Diocese of Richmond Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has issued a directive to a one-of-its-kind Virginia Beach church to bring its liturgical celebrations, primarily the Mass, into conformity with the universal Roman Catholic Church. At the same time, he has offered options for additional combined [Read More...]

Benedict’s legacy: here come more Episcopalians

Just got this e-mail about some big news in Maryland: Following several months of prayerful discernment, the majority of members of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Catonsville, Maryland, have decided to enter the Catholic Church as part of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Two other churches in the Baltimore area, Christ the [Read More...]

Archbishop, this is why Catholics use a hammer

Or as one wag put it: “Archbishop gets rid of a crook on his staff!” From Ireland: The Most Reverend Doctor Richard Clarke was striking the West Door of St Patrick’s Cathedral three times as part of the traditional ceremony when his staff snapped in two. However he took the mishap in good humour and [Read More...]

11 Anglican nuns to join Catholic Church in England

And they include a former C of E minister and the mother superior.  Details, from the Catholic Herald:   Eleven Anglican Sisters will be received into the Catholic Church via the ordinariate, it emerged this week. The Sisters, from the Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage, Oxfordshire, will be received into the Church by Mgr [Read More...]

Arizona gets first Anglican Ordinariate priest—and 30 of his parishioners join the Catholic Church, too

Just in time for Christmas, members of Holy Nativity parish are joining the church. Details, from the press release: Former Anglican priest Lowell Andrews, of Payson, Arizona, will be ordained a Catholic priest on Sunday, Dec. 16, and 30 of his parishioners will be received into the Catholic Church as part of the Ordinariate of [Read More...]

Here come the Anglicans: Brooklyn ordains its first Ordinariate priest

My pastor, Auxiliary Bishop Paul Sanchez, did the honors. Details, from the Brooklyn Tablet: When Auxiliary Bishop Paul Sanchez laid hands upon the head of Belen Gonzalez y Perez Nov. 20 at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, Downtown Brooklyn, Father Gonzalez y Perez became the first former Anglican priest to be ordained a Catholic priest in Brooklyn. [Read More...]

10 reasons why men shouldn’t be ordained

I have to admit: this made me laugh.  It comes from Bosco Peters, an Anglican priest and blogger (and Friend of the Bench) in New Zealand.  He says he doesn’t know where the list originated.  (My favorite is #7.) Enjoy. 10. A man’s place is in the army. 9. The pastoral duties of men who [Read More...]

A “liberal” Anglican explains why he voted against women bishops

An interesting take From Tom Sutcliffe, writing at an Anglican website:  The truth is that, in July with Clause 5.1.c as then proposed, the Measure stood a chance of being accepted by those most adversely affected by it and I might have voted for it then. But after that clause was watered down and talked [Read More...]

No female bishops for Church of England

Details:  The Church of England’s governing body on Tuesday narrowly blocked a move to permit women to serve as bishops, leaving the church facing more years of contentious debate. Following a day-long debate on Tuesday, opponents mustered enough support to deny the necessary two-thirds majority among lay members of the General Synod. The defeat was [Read More...]

“Defender of the Faiths”?

An interesting detail from this report by Religion News Service, on one of the titles bestowed on the royal monarch: At her coronation in 1953, Elizabeth swore to “uphold the laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel, maintain the Protestant reformed religion established by law and reserve the settlement of the Church [Read More...]


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