Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter Just Got Its First Bishop

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Just announced: Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Steven J. Lopes to be the first bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.The Ordinariate is a structure equivalent to a diocese, but serves Roman Catholics who were nurtured in the Anglican tradition.  The Ordinariate provides a path for groups of Anglicans to become fully Roman Catholic, while retaining elements of their worship traditions and spiritual heritage in their union with the Holy Roman Church. At present the … [Read more...]

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Why Won’t the Catholic Church “Get With the Times” and Ordain Women Priests?

Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States

In Des Moines, Iowa, the Catholic Worker House is no longer permitted to hold liturgies on the premises, after conducting a service in which a woman who claims to be an ordained priest celebrated a Eucharistic service in their chapel.The celebrant was Janice Sevre-Duszynskaper, who attempted ordination in 2008, being "ordained" by the Association of Catholic Women Priests. The group and the ordinations which it attempts are not recognized by the Vatican, and Sevre-Duszynskaper is therefore ex … [Read more...]

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