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Princess Di’s ancestor may become a saint

That intriguing tidbit comes from Doc Mac

Born in 1799 to Second Earl Spencer (whose descendants include Princess Diana), George Spencer studied at Cambridge and was ordained an Anglican priest in 1824. As time went on he began to have doubts about the validity of the Anglican Church’s position, and he explored other Christian traditions. In 1830, he was received into the Roman Catholic Church and went to Rome to study for the priesthood. In 1832, he returned to England as a priest and became a popular preacher. He was particularly interested in Christian reunion, and in1838 he began the “Crusade of Prayer for the Conversion of England.” In 1846, he became a Passionist, taking the name Ignatius. He traveled throughout England and Europe calling for the conversion of England. He became head of the Passionists in England and in 1864 he died from a heart attack.

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Dana MacKenzie

posted October 1, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Princess Diana’s mother converted to the Catholic church, even before the Princess’ death. There were rumors that Diana was going to cross the Tiber too, but I find that doubtful. By now, had she lived, she might be in a hijab! :-)

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posted October 1, 2009 at 2:19 pm

A slight quibble with the headline: George Spencer cannot be Princess Diana’s ancestor, as he never had children.
ancestor: “a person from whom one is descended, especially if more remote than a grandparent; forefather.” American Heritage Dictionary, Second College Edition.
George Spencer and Princess Diana share common ancestry, he might be counted as a great (many times over) uncle, his father is one of her ancestors, but he is not.

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Your Name

posted October 2, 2009 at 2:51 am

Every time I see the rejoicing over the conversion of an Anglican to Roman Catholicism, even from centuries ago, but the wringing of hands if some “poor” Roman Catholic soul “was forced” to give up his/her faith when the conversion whent the other way, all I see is hypocrisy of the worst sort.
I am sick to death of the Roman Catholic church continuing to believe that the Anglican church needs to be saved from its supposed lack of “validity” and that the supposedly poor benighted people of England need to be converted to save them. Look to the beam in your eye and your own hateful hearts. We will deal with the mote in ours.

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posted May 10, 2010 at 12:19 am

England was torn away from the true church by its King…the pople wanted no such thing. I pray forn the conversion of Anglicans.

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Phineas Griswold

posted November 3, 2010 at 10:53 pm

To “Your Name”
Regarding the “Church” of ROME. The TRADITION of ROMAN Catholicism goes back to Jeremiah 7:18, where the BAAL Worshipers “Baked cakes to the queen of heaven.” A young priest Admitted to me that the reason ROME calls their ‘Mary’ the ‘queen of heaven/mother of god’ was because of an ancient pagan myth about an angry young god who never refused a request of his much more loving, compassionate and merciful Mother. So after telling me all about this MYTH I just asked him point blank “What does THAT have to do with Catholicism?!”
He looked down for an extended pause, before looking up and timidly telling me, ‘When the ancient ROMAN Empire conquered the surroundng Pagan Nations, since they were all illiterate, WE couldn’t very well give them Bibles to read! So, WE just gave all their PAGAN IDOLs and TRADiTiONs “Christian names.”
Then he again paused uncomfortably, before meekly saying, “Thereby WE made Whole Nations ‘Christian’ overnight!?!?”
No, ROME is no more “Christian” than a WOLF in Sheep’s clothing is a Sheep!!!
In HIS Service,

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Daniel formerly from Knoxville

posted November 4, 2010 at 7:45 am

To ” Your Name ” –
I suppose if an entire largely Catholic nation, maybe one in Latin America or Africa, or the Philippines in Asia, had a mass conversion to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America ( NOT the Missouri Synod !! ) or the Episcopalian Church, or the Greek Russian Orthodox Church, there would be weeping, wailing & gnasching of teeth as well as wearing of sack – cloth & ashes !
I heard that the Christian church was supposed to be ONE. I guess it was a misprint.
I’m beginning to agree more each day with a famous quote by Mohandas K ( Mahatma ) Gandhi – ” I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ “. If Gandhi had been able to fully absorb the message of love in Jesus’ teachings, instead of being diverted by the divisiveness & contentious, sometimes hypocritical nature of Jesus’ followers, he might have been a great example of true Christianity to the people of India & Southern / SE Asia.

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