2012: the year of the Anglicans?

Before the confetti is swept up and the champagne glasses put away, the new year will be bringing something else new: the ordinariate, enabling Anglican parishes in the U.S. to become Catholic.   Details: The Vatican is set to launch a structure Monday that will allow Anglican parishes in the United States — and their married [Read More...]

Burst of light: did friars build churches to honor the solstice?

Though some people scoff, one researcher thinks it’s possible.  He contends that some California Catholic missions may have been designed as tools to help convert Native Americans: On the darkest day of the year, a hushed crowd in a dim church awaited a few minutes of sheer brilliance. It was just after dawn Wednesday, the [Read More...]

Newt Gingrich, a “John Paul II Catholic”

An interesting take on the GOP frontrunner’s faith: Mr. Gingrich represents a new kind of Catholic, one very different from the Kennedys, who were Democrats, political liberals and cradle Catholics shaped by the Irish immigrant church. To a Kennedy-era Catholic, divorce was a sin, labor unions were a virtue and anti-Catholic bigotry was a staple [Read More...]

The Catholic priest with 9 children

Last spring, I posted an item about an Anglican priest’s leap of faith — joining the Catholic Church and having no job prospects.  A UK paper this weekend has an update: Father Ian Hellyer is a Roman Catholic priest – but far from being celibate, he’s a father. Not just to a couple of children, [Read More...]

The GOP’s historic choice: a Catholic or a Mormon

As a New York Times columnist puts it: “For the first time in American history, a major political party may be choosing between two leading presidential candidates neither of whom is Protestant. If current polling holds through the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses and beyond, the Republican nomination will come down to a choice between a [Read More...]

Leap of faith: the spiritual journey of Newt Gingrich

His faith has played a prominent role in his candidacy — and could be part of his growing appeal among religious conservatives.  Huffington Post takes a closer look: As former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s starcontinues to rise ahead of GOP Republican primaries, he has had less time for what in recent years has [Read More...]

Behold, I make all things new: an Anglican order of nuns becomes Catholic

Details, from the Baltimore Sun: The Archdiocese of Baltimore added a new religious order of nuns Tuesday, its first in decades and one that began as an Anglican community. The All Saints’ Sisters of the Poor left the Episcopal Church for the Roman Catholic Church two years ago. By a decree from the Vatican, they [Read More...]

History: first Episcopal church in the U.S. converts under ordinariate

It finally happened.  Details: The Rev. Mark Lewis awoke early on the last morning of his life as an Anglican priest and dressed in a suit and tie instead of his usual priestly regalia. That’s different, he thought, for the first of many times on a day when so much was different for St. Luke’s, [Read More...]

How an AP reporter found religion while covering scandal

Here’s something you don’t read about every day, courtesy GetReligion: You might consider Associated Press reporter Tom Breen to be the anti-William Lobdell. Breen recently told me he eventually became a weekly Mass attendee after educating himself on the Catholic abuse scandals for his journalism job. His story is quite the opposite from Lobdell, whose [Read More...]

What about the families of former Anglican priests?

A few months back, I posted an item about one Anglican clergyman’s leap of faith, and questions surrounding how he would support his family once he became a Catholic priest. This morning, National Catholic Register has more about him, and others like him: When Father Ian Hellyer, a Catholic priest in England, figures his personal [Read More...]


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