While former Catholic priest Alberto Cutie (aka “Father Oprah”) has been out promoting his book about his defection to the Episcopal Church and happy new life as a husband and father, three former Anglican bishops, apparently seeking more conservative pastures, were preparing to take up the Vatican’s offer to join a new Roman Catholic body:
- Former Anglican bishops ordained Catholics (AP)
- Vatican welcomes first Anglicans converting under new rules (New York Times)
- New Catholic subdivision for ex-Anglicans will not be a ghetto (Reuters)
- The Ordinariate’s “Supreme Law” (Whispers in the Loggia)
It’s stories like this that convince me that human beings simply need more than one spiritual path — even within western Christianity, some people only feel comfortable with traditional routes, others yearn for a liberal approach, etc. In any case, it’ll be interesting to see whether the number of ex-Anglican clergy joining this new Roman Catholic body (and conveniently allowed to keep their spouses, if they’re already married) comes close to the hundreds of Catholic priests who have become Protestant in order to marry.
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