Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Vatican and the conversion of Anglicans

Well. The NY Times reported quite the story today.

What is the story?

"In an extraordinary bid to lure traditionalist Anglicans en masse, the Vatican said Tuesday that it would make it easier for Anglicans uncomfortable with their church’s acceptance of female priests and openly gay bishops to join the Roman Catholic Church while retaining many of their traditions."

Why is this happening?
"It was unclear why the Vatican made the announcement now. But it seemed a rare opportunity, audaciously executed, to capitalize on deep divisions within the Anglican Church to attract new members at a time when the Catholic Church has been trying to reinvigorate itself in Europe."

Details of the story
"Under the new structure, former Anglicans who become Catholic could preserve some elements of Anglican worship, including hymns and other “intangible” elements, Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, the Vatican’s deputy chief liturgical officer, said at the news conference."

“I don’t want to be a Roman Catholic,” said Bishop Minns. “There was a Reformation, you remember.”

You are absolutely right, Bishop Minns. There was a reformation... and a restoration.

I give my praise to those members who left the Anglican church to join the Catholic church on the basis that they don't believe in certain things. Really interesting though. It also makes me sad, but not by huge surprise, that the Anglican church is doing this. Also, in a sense it is good of the Catholic church to do what they are doing. Lots of different aspects to analyze.

What do you think?

Read the story

1 comment:

  1. that's crazy-town! I remember hearing about how priests would vote on basic doctrine. This seems to follow suit in trying to keep up with the times...


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