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...]

From bishop to layman to deacon to priest

That’s the unusual trajectory that three former Anglican bishops in Great Britain will take over the next two weeks. From Damien Thompson: So it turns out that John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham and Keith Newton will spend less than two weeks as laymen. According to the Friends of the Ordinariate website, the former bishops of Fulham, Ebbsfleet [Read More...]