Where Now for the Church of England?

Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church's divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk. 22:32) I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church's faithful.

It was St. Augustine who first said, "Rome has spoken. That settles it." For my journey of faith it was this problem making a decision which helped me make my own decision. If the Catholics were able to make an objective and considered decision on a major issue facing the church today, then I saw that she also had the authority and expertise and wisdom and wider perspective to make judgments on a whole range of other issues.

If the Catholic Church could decide on these major issues I reckoned her wisdom as applied to the rest of my Christian life was also trustworthy and reliable. 

That's why I took the decision to leave the Anglican priesthood and enter the Catholic Church, and I've never regretted it once.

11/22/2012 5:00:00 AM