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...]

Report: Anglicans discuss sharing cathedral with Catholics in New Zealand

Details are sketchy, but if it happens it would truly be historic: Anglicans in Christchurch are talking about sharing a cathedral with the Catholics, a move that would have worldwide ramifications. OLIVIA CARVILLE reports. Rebuilding Christchurch’s two wounded cathedrals into one ‘unprecedented’ Anglican-Catholic super-cathedral is under discussion at top levels in the Anglican Church. The [Read More...]

Historian (and Anglican deacon) predicts Catholic schism

He’s not the first to raise the “s” word — our fair Anchoress has done so, too — but he’s now put his theories into a new book. Details: Influential church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch said he believes Christianity faces a bright future, but predicted the Roman Catholic Church will undergo a major schism over its [Read More...]

Historic father and son ordination: “A great moment in the history of our faith”

It’s believed to be the first time in the U.S. that a father and son have been ordained at the same Mass. Details: “Charles Albert Hough the III.” Bishop Kevin Vann’s historic words rang out at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller as he called first the father… and then the son. “Charles [Read More...]

Homecoming: in Maryland, an Anglican congregation becomes Catholic — UPDATED

Great news from my home state (h/t to Fr. Scott Hurd): The sign outside Christ the King Church is currently blank, still a work in progress. Like all things at the tranquil, leafy site of this Hampton church, it’s in a state of transition. “White-out doesn’t work on these signs,” Father Edward Meeks said with a [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, Anglican edition

Behold, the 17 new Catholic deacons—soon to be priests—who were once Anglican priests in the UK. They were ordained today for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Ad multos annos! UPDATE: This item crackled across the wire yesterday, with news about the ordinariate in the United States: A former Episcopal priest, Matthew Venuti [Read More...]

History: American ordinariate gets its first priest

The announcement: The new U.S. ordinariate for Anglican groups entering the Catholic Church achieved a milestone on May 8, 2012 when Reverend Eric Bergman became its first priest. The Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter was established by Pope Benedict XVI on January 1 in response to repeated requests by Anglican groups and clergy who [Read More...]


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