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megimoo
09-08-2009, 07:03 PM
The Welcome Home Network

In the late 1970s, a group of Episcopal clergymen with typical American chutzpah wrote to Pope Paul VI.
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They said they wanted to become Catholics, and wished for their priestly ministry to be fulfilled by being ordained as Catholic priests. The only problem was that they had wives and children.
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Paul VI received their petition, and they heard nothing. In the autumn of 1978, the pope died; then another pope died, and John Paul II took charge.

The little group of Episcopal priests waited with crossed fingers and bated breath while Rome made a decision. In 1980 they finally had an answer: A procedure was to be established whereby former Episcopal priests could be ordained as Catholic priests, even if they were married.

Individual bishops would apply to a papal delegate for a dispensation from the vow of celibacy, and after suitable training the Episcopal priests could be ordained as fully functioning Catholic priests.
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Since 1983, about 75 married former Episcopalian priests have been ordained in the United States.
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When the Anglican Church was splitting over women's ordination in the early 1990s, the English Catholic bishops also appealed to Rome for permission to ordain married former Anglicans.
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Permission was granted, and the English bishops set up their own procedure. No one is certain of the exact numbers, but since the early 1990s about 600 former Anglican priests have been ordained in England, of whom about 150 are married.

Married former Anglican priests have also been ordained in Scotland and in Spain.
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Who's In and Who's Out?

Rev. William Stetson is the priest who assists Archbishop John Myers of Newark in administering the Pastoral Provision.

I asked him why, if Anglican orders are null and void, Episcopalians and Anglicans get special treatment. Why couldn't a married Baptist minister convert be ordained as a Catholic priest?

Father Stetson explained that there is a special situation for men from the Anglican communion -- not because their orders are more acceptable, but because their priestly experience, theological training, and spiritual formation is closer to Catholicism.
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Indeed, married converts from other denominations have been accepted for ordination as well.

Jim Anderson of the Coming Home Network reports that in the United States, Catholic men who came into full communion from the Lutheran, United Methodist, Presbyterian, Charismatic Episcopal, and Continuing Anglican churches have also been ordained as Catholic priests.

Dom Bartholomew Leon, O.S.B., pastor of the Maronite congregation in Greenville, South Carolina, observes that the Eastern Rite churches have had married priests for ages, and that the exception for former Anglicans doesn't seem so unusual for them.

http://insidecatholic.com/Joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6837&Itemid=48

Gingersnap
09-08-2009, 08:54 PM
My bunch split in the 1970s - not the 1990s. We're experiencing amazing growth. :)

megimoo
09-08-2009, 09:05 PM
My bunch split in the 1970s - not the 1990s. We're experiencing amazing growth. :)The return of the Anglicans has enriched the entire Catholic Church and we are much more fulfilled in Christ because of you !

Gingersnap
09-08-2009, 09:12 PM
The return of the Anglicans has enriched the entire Catholic Church and we are much more fulfilled in Christ because of you !

LOL! We dress better than you guys, anyway. :D

megimoo
09-09-2009, 01:16 AM
Episcopalian Religious Community Enters the Catholic Church in Maryland

"It just occurred to me .Could Christ be gathering his flocks together ?"

Ten religious sisters and a priest who were formerly part of an Episcopal religious community were received into full communion with the Catholic Church at a Mass in Maryland on Thursday. One sister said God will use them to bring unity to the Church.
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The women were members of the Society of All Saints’ Sisters of the Poor. The former Episcopal priest, Fr. Warren Tanghe, was their chaplain.
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“We know our beliefs and where we are,” the sisters’ superior, Mother Christina Christie, told the Baltimore Sun. “We were drifting farther apart from the more liberal road the Episcopal Church is traveling. We are now more at home in the Roman Catholic Church.”
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The Mass was celebrated by Archbishop of Baltimore Edwin O’Brien at the chapel of the sisters’ Cantonsville convent, according to the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
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“The spiritual well-being of all of the All Saints’ Sisters is our priority and we will do everything we can to support those who have entered into full communion with the Catholic Church as well as the two sisters who remain Anglican,” he pledged.

http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=97438

linda22003
09-09-2009, 04:57 AM
LOL! We dress better than you guys, anyway. :D

And know the hymns, too. A church full of Catholics singing.... well.... you've heard it....

Gingersnap
09-09-2009, 09:36 AM
And know the hymns, too. A church full of Catholics singing.... well.... you've heard it....

Yes.......yes, I have. :p