A royal homily about getting married "in the spirit of a generous God"

Beautiful sentiments from the homily at the royal wedding this morning (and if you have to ask “whose wedding?,” roll over and go back to sleep…).  From the ever-vigilant Frank Weathers, a snip:   “In a sense every wedding is a royal wedding with the bride and the groom as king and queen of creation, [Read More…]

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One Anglican priest's leap of faith

One of those who joined the Church during the Triduum is a former Anglican priest with eight children — and, for now, no job. Details, from CNS: It’s a brave decision for Ian Hellyer to give up his job when he has to provide for eight children and his wife is pregnant with the couple’s [Read More…]

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Will the Anglicans save the Catholic Church?

Well, they’re certainly giving the Church a shot in the arm. From the Catholic Herald in Britain: Bishop Thomas McMahon of Brentwood is putting on hold plans to cut the number of Masses in his diocese because of an influx of Anglican priests entering the ordinariate. The bishop said he expected around seven new priests [Read More…]

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Surge: more Anglican priests preparing to convert

And they’ll reportedly be bringing hundreds of the faithful with them. From the BBC: Seven Anglican priests and 300 members of six congregations are to join a new section of the Catholic Church, the Catholic Diocese of Brentwood says. The move involves three parishes in Essex, and three in east London. It is the largest [Read More…]

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A permanent deacon in 1852?

Well, almost. Following up on the news last weekend that three Anglican bishops had crossed the Tiber, Patrick McNamara has an intriguing look back at the first Protestant bishop to do that since the Reformation.  He was Bishop Levi Silliman Ives, from North Carolina.  He joined the Catholic Church, along with his wife, in 1852.  [Read More…]

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