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Here come more Anglicans

posted by jmcgee

This time, from Canada. From The Vancouver Sun: An Anglican parish in Calgary is taking a leap of faith by becoming the first church in Canada to accept an offer from the Vatican to join the Roman Catholic Church. Parishioners […]

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Anglican bishop’s last act: laying his mitre and crozier at the feet of Mary

posted by jmcgee

The Rt Rev Andrew Burnham, Bishop of Ebbsfleet in England gave his last sermon as an Anglican yesterday, and, as one report described it,”laid aside his crozier and mitre at the feet of Our Lady.” The final words from his […]

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Here come more Anglicans

posted by jmcgee

After news that some bishops are lining up to swim the Tiber, now it seems some priests are putting on their water wings, too: The Catholic Church will announce this week that 50 Anglican clergy are defecting to Rome following […]

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Catholics and Anglicans may share churches

posted by jmcgee

Pope Benedict’s historic outreach to Anglicans continues to make history — and make waves: Anglicans who defect to Rome in protest at plans to ordain women bishops could be allowed to continue worshipping in their Church of England buildings, a […]

Tony Blair’s sister-in-law becomes Muslim

posted by jmcgee

There’s another convert in the Blair family, according to news reports: It could certainly make family get-togethers interesting. Tony Blair’s sister-in-law Lauren Booth has converted to Islam. The former prime minister is also a religious convert – he became a […]

Anglican “earthquake”: bishop set to convert

posted by jmcgee

And more may be joining him in the months ahead. Details from Damien Thompson: Bishop John Broadhurst, Bishop of Fulham in the Anglican diocese of London, is to resign his post later this year to join the Pope’s Ordinariate. The […]

Romeward bound? Baltimore Episcopal parish may join Catholic Church

posted by jmcgee

Some dramatic news out of Maryland: In a letter to parishioners, the Reverend Jason Cantania, rector of Mount Calvary Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland, announced that the vestry of the parish had voted unanimously in favor of two resolutions. First, […]

Soaked: Protestant churches report more full immersion baptisms

posted by jmcgee

This can only be good news for the cotton towel industry. Details: Beneath a cloudless sky on a recent Sunday afternoon, John Oswald made a public profession of his Christian faith as he stood in the waters of Lake Michigan. […]

Hebrew Catholics?

posted by jmcgee

Strange but true. Details: Three years ago, just before Easter, then-Archbishop Raymond Burke attended a Passover seder with about 25 people to commemorate God’s liberation of the Hebrew slaves from Egypt. Guests wore yarmulkes–Burke brought his own fuchsia zucchetto worn […]

Lost and found: man reconciles with Church after 80 years

posted by jmcgee

A remarkable odyssey has finally come to a close. From the Louisville Courier-Journal: In the annals of people who returned to their childhood faith after a time of alienation, few have had a longer sojourn than James O’Bryan. The Louisville […]

Anne Rice: “I have to, in the name of Christ, step away from this…”

posted by jmcgee

A few days after her bombshell announcement that she’s “quitting Christianity,” author Anne Rice has given a lengthy interview to the Los Angeles Times to explain herself: Q) You were raised Catholic, became an atheist, then returned to Catholicism in […]

Conversion aversion: professor alleges discrimination after she became Christian

posted by jmcgee

A lecturer at Oxford University’s Center for Jewish Studies claims colleagues discriminated against her after she converted to Christianity. From the Telegraph: Dr Tali Argov says she was overlooked for promotion, stripped of her privileges and cold-shouldered at social gatherings. […]

Anne Rice: “I quit being a Christian” — UPDATED

posted by jmcgee

The best-selling writer who made headlines with her dramatic conversion (or reversion) and wrote a popular book about her journey back to Catholicism, has changed her mind.  She made the announcement on Facebook: “I quit being a Christian. I’m out. […]

Anglicans prepare to bolt over women bishops

posted by jmcgee

Could the trickle of Anglicans leaving their church turn into a flood? From the Telegraph: Hundreds of traditionalist clergy are set to leave the Church of England over plans to introduce women bishops. Leading Anglo-Catholic clergy warned that the failure […]

Goal! The conversion story of a World Cup soccer star

posted by jmcgee

It happened in May, just a few weeks before the World Cup began. CNA has details: The Argentinean daily La Nacion featured a story this week on the Dutch soccer player Wesley Sneijder, who scored the winning goal against Brazil […]

From Jewish boy to Protestant minister…to Catholic priest

posted by jmcgee

What a journey!  It’s the first Catholic ordination in one Pennsylvania community — and it’s one for the history books: St. Joseph’s Church in York will be the setting on Saturday for an event sure to go down in local […]

Mary Matalin, new Catholic

posted by jmcgee

The Republican strategist, editor and talk show host (and wife of Democratic loud mouth, James Carville) spoke to the Catholic Media Convention last weekend. At one point, she mentioned that she was raised Methodist, but joined the Catholic Church this […]

Meanwhile, from the Anglican Desk…

posted by jmcgee

While various commentators take a less-than-favorable view of the Catholic hierarchy these days, that hasn’t stopped some prominent Anglicans from dipping their toes in the Tiber to see if they’d like to swim across: Three Church of England bishops traveled […]

A Methodist clergywoman becomes Catholic: “Trust the journey”

posted by jmcgee

While many new Catholics this week are basking in the afterglow of their Easter baptism, one former Protestant (and a former clergywoman, at that) is reflecting back on her first year in the faith, with both gratitude and awe: I […]

Becoming Catholic: “It’s like being part of a big family”

posted by jmcgee

Nashville has an impressively large number of people about to join the Church this Easter — and the local secular press is even taking notice: When she was growing up, Lori W. Caste decided not to get baptized. Her father […]

Is this the future?

posted by jmcgee

Some people seem to think so. A writer for the Wall Street Journal dropped by an interfaith gathering in Washington featuring Evensong and Benediction, using Anglican prayers and presided over by a Catholic priest: One former Episcopalian present confessed to […]

Everybody boogie: the dancing Rite of Election

posted by jmcgee

Do you know the way to San Jose? Just follow the dancers. That’s how the Rite of Election is done in that California diocese. A blogger for the diocese explains: In our Diocese of San Jose, we have dancing books […]

A Lutheran who became a Byzantine priest: “It was like a perfect marriage”

posted by jmcgee

And now for something a little different: a former Lutheran minister who is now a Catholic priest — in the Eastern Rite. From the Catholic Anchor: A former Lutheran pastor from Northern Michigan now heads St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine […]

“Suddenly, God became very real to me…”

posted by jmcgee

“No sudden flash of insight led my return to God. It was the children who ultimately brought me back–the same group of suffering individuals who had caused me to doubt God’s existence. They buffeted me with questions: Why would God […]

Something cool in Hot Springs: a convert moves to the priesthood

posted by jmcgee

Another former Protestant clergyman (who also happens to be married) is taking his final steps toward the priesthood, this time in Arkansas. Details: The goal is in sight. Hours of seminary study are winding down. Very soon, George W. Sanders […]

Anglican watch: “Preaching will be theological, eloquent and sophisticated”

posted by jmcgee

Along with good liturgy, it seems the Anglicans will be bringing with them good preaching, too. From the blog Sub Tuum: One value shared in common among all Anglicans, however, has been their expectation of regular and good preaching. It […]

Thanks, but no thanks

posted by jmcgee

While most of the press coverage has been devoted to Episcopalians eager to leave the Anglican Communion, New Jersey has at least one church this is probably going to stay put: For five years, members of Saint Anthony of Padua […]

Offer to Anglicans: “Burying the hatchet”?

posted by jmcgee

The Wall Street Journal has taken the plunge into online video very seriously — and they’ve just posted this interesting discussion on the Vatican’s outreach to Anglicans. Take a look.

Becoming Wise: a criminal’s conversion

posted by jmcgee

We are all products of our mistakes, and this moving story offers one profound example: It was 21 years ago when Glenn Wise was shot in the head during an attempted armed robbery. He has been a quadriplegic ever since, and […]

Writing about prayer: “It’s tap-dancing on the radio”

posted by jmcgee

The astonishing Mary Karr reflects on prayer and writing: Writing about prayer to a secular audience is tap-dancing on the radio. I want to say “Gee whiz, isn’t this great” and have everyone’s head cocked like the RCA dog. I […]

How to annoy Anglicans

posted by jmcgee

Tongue firmly planted in cheek (I think,) the mischievous Anglican Bosco Peters offers some helpful tips: You can offer whiskey instead of Gin – some Anglican clergy find that slightly irksome. You can deny the validity of Anglican sacraments – […]

On the new document about “Groups of Anglicans”

posted by jmcgee

More details are emerging on the Apostolic Constitution — and what it may mean for the celibate priesthood (not much, frankly): Former Anglicans entering the Catholic Church can preserve their liturgical traditions, married priests in some circumstances and even a […]

Anglican watch: here it is

posted by jmcgee

The long-awaited Apostolic Constitution, offering a new way for large numbers of Anglicans to cross the Tiber, has finally been published. Read it all right here.

Best-selling Anglican author prepares to “desert a sinking ship”

posted by jmcgee

Noted British author G. P. Taylor is about to swim the Tiber: Vicar-turned-author Rev G P Taylor says he will desert the “sinking ship” Church of England, which he said was the “spiritual arm of New Labour”, for Roman Catholicism. […]

Graymoor at 100: “The spirit of Jesus creates unity”

posted by jmcgee

I had no idea this religious order had such an unusual history: One hundred years before Pope Benedict XVI captured headlines by establishing a special structure for Anglicans who want to be in full communion with the Catholic Church, the […]

Anglican watch: delay on document is “technical”

posted by jmcgee

So says Vatican Radio, denying previous reports that the problem was all about the celibacy issue: “There has been widespread speculation, based on supposedly knowledgeable remarks by an Italian correspondent Andrea Tornielli, that the delay in publication of the Apostolic […]

Going the other way: from Catholic to Anglican

posted by jmcgee

Here’s a curious tidbit from Maryland, about an Episcopal bishop who wants to remind people that the conversion door swings both ways: Lost in talk of the splintering of the Anglican Communion, Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton says, is the appeal […]

Celibacy issue holding up Anglican document

posted by jmcgee

That seems to be a sticking point in publishing the document that will help ease the way for Anglicans hoping to enter the Catholic Church: The delay in publishing the apostolic constitution, which will allow large numbers of Anglicans to […]

Anglican watch: Kung criticizes pope for “piracy of priests”

posted by jmcgee

One of the most famous — and infamous — Catholic theologians is not impressed with Pope Benedict’s overture to the Anglicans: Dissident theologian Father Hans Kung criticized Pope Benedict XVI for his recent opening to discontented Anglicans, charging the pope […]

“We’ve been praying for this for two years”

posted by jmcgee

The New York Times has this intriguing look at one Anglo-Catholic parish that may be one of the first to jump across the Tiber: When the Vatican announced last week that it would welcome groups of traditionalist Anglicans into the […]

Is The Exodus beginning?

posted by jmcgee

Reading this kind of news, you have to wonder: The Rt Rev John Hind, the Bishop of Chichester, has announced he is considering becoming a Roman Catholic in a move that could spark an exodus of clergy. Bishop Hind said […]

Could some core beliefs be “deal-breakers” for the Anglicans?

posted by jmcgee

Liz Lemon would be impressed.   The New York Times is helping to put the Anglican conversion story in context, by warning our Separated Brothers and Sisters that they might want to thInk twice before jumping the Tiber — and […]

Weigel on the Anglicans: “Theological shock-therapy”

posted by jmcgee

George Weigel has now weighed in on the Anglican situation. From the Washington Post’s On Faith blog:   The first wave of reactions to the October 20 Vatican announcement of a new arrangement for receiving into the Catholic Church groups […]

Anglican converts? Don’t expect a stampede

posted by jmcgee

That seems to be the conclusion of some observers here in the United States:  The Vatican’s invitation to disaffected Anglicans to join the Roman Catholic Church won’t have much effect in the United States, clergy members and theologians predict. American […]

“An Anglican petting zoo”?

posted by jmcgee

Not everyone is  enthralled with the remarkable new bridge that Rome has built across the Tiber. Deacon Eric Stoltz notes: The Vatican proposal appears to closely follow the old practice of “uniatism,” which is not–or up to this point, was […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“If this reconnection is well-facilitated, we may see the entire African arm of the Church of England (which is currently its most vibrantly-growing branch) cross the Tiber, and that will be a very interesting development, especially as Catholics are exposed to the Anglican-use […]

Here come the Anglicans

posted by jmcgee

The big news, still unfolding:  The Vatican has announced that Pope Benedict is setting up special provision for Anglicans, including married clergy, who want to convert to Rome together, preserving aspects of Anglican liturgy. They will be given their own […]

Big news about to break?

posted by jmcgee

You sort of get that impression from the blogger American Papist, who takes note of a big briefing happening tomorrow at the Vatican:  We inform accredited journalists that tomorrow, Tuesday 20 October 2009, at 11am, in the John Paul II […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“The faithful must be renewed, and those who have fallen away need to be invited back to the Church. We need to spread the kingdom of God to those without hope. Amid all of our prosperity, so many people are […]

“Do whatever you want, but don’t marry a Catholic…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Those were words of advice from Tony Blair’s grandmother — words he obviously ignored. And the rest is history. He discusses that and more about his conversion with L’Osservatore Romano. Highlights, from the Guardian, in London: Tony Blair has revealed […]

Catholics are coming home

posted by deacon greg kandra

And in a big way. A lot of you have seen the great ads produced by a group called Catholics Come Home. The ads, evidently, are working. And spreading. From the Los Angeles Times: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento […]

The Catonsville Eleven make history

posted by deacon greg kandra

That would be the 10 Anglican nuns and their chaplain, who were just received into the Catholic Church and confirmed by Baltimore’s Archbishop. From the Baltimore Sun: In a move that religious scholars say is unprecedented, 10 of the 12 […]

The Bush Brothers: Jeb says W won’t convert

posted by deacon greg kandra

After gobbling up tons of bandwidth over the Kennedys, let’s now turn to the other side of the aisle, and another political dynasty, okay? Rumblings about George W. Bush converting to Catholicism have been heard since before he left office. […]

Blair on his conversion: “I felt I was coming home”

posted by deacon greg kandra

One of the Church’s most famous recent converts spoke recently about what led to his conversion — and, not surprisingly, it had a lot to do with his wife: Tony Blair said his conversion to Catholicism had been driven by […]

Here they come: Anglican nuns joining Catholic Church in Baltimore

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some big news out of Baltimore (go Terps!), where a tiny tidal wave of conversions is about to happen: After seven years of prayer and discernment, a community of Episcopal nuns and their chaplain will be received into the Roman […]

Robert Novak, Catholic convert, dies

posted by deacon greg kandra

The conservative commentator — and celebrated Catholic convert — has lost his battle with brain cancer. From the Washington Post: Robert D. Novak, 78, an influential columnist and panelist on TV news-discussion shows who called himself a “stirrer up of […]

Catholic convert, world’s oldest pupil, dies

posted by deacon greg kandra

From the “I Didn’t Know That” Desk comes this poignant news, via CNA: The Kenyan man named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest pupil, who enrolled in classes to learn to read the Bible and […]

Why Newt did it

posted by deacon greg kandra

Time magazine has what I think may be the first in-depth look at Newt Gingrich’s recent conversion. From the magazine: Visitors to the Basilica of the National Shrine in northeast Washington often do a double take when they see Newt […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“I’ve learned that the focus is on Christ anyway and we’re merely the vessels and instruments; and we’re here to help the people find Christ, like a mediator. I try to remember that its all about bringing the people to […]

Gingrich: “The moment that finally convinced me to convert…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

This week, U.S. News & World Report caught up with Newt Gingrich, who spoke at length about his conversion to Catholicism just before Easter: Part of what led to my conversion is the first time we [he and Callista] went […]

Agca says he’s now a Catholic

posted by deacon greg kandra

Stranger things have happened. But reports from Italy say the man who attempted to assassinate the pope has converted to Catholicism. From the website CathNews: In a letter written from a Turkish prison, Mehmet Ali Agca, author of the failed […]

Welcome, Newt

posted by deacon greg kandra

There was much buzz a few weeks ago when it was revealed that Newt Gingrich was going to join the Catholic Church. Last weekend, he reportedly made it official. Since then, news has been scarce. But this tidbit popped up […]

The Newt Evangelization: Gingrich to become Catholic

posted by deacon greg kandra

Buried deep inside this long and wonkish profile of Newt Gingrich in Sunday’s New York Times, was this little nugget that, I suspect, went largely unnoticed: At a moment when the role of religious fundamentalism in the party is a […]

Here come the Anglicans?

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s starting to look that way. From Catholic Online’s Deacon Keith Fournier: For many years I have been covering the stories of members of the Anglican Clergy who have been so deeply disappointed with the move away from orthodoxy within […]

A minister converts: “I respect the Methodist church, but it’s not the fullness of the Faith”

posted by deacon greg kandra

From Virginia comes this inspiring story of one man’s journey to the faith, involving Methodism, music and monks: When Jeff Hendrix was 5 years old, he experienced a moment of “transcendence” while listening to the 19th-century symphonic suite “Scheherazade” by […]

Tony Blair on faith

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

One of the world’s most famous converts spoke recently about his faith and the importance of understanding other religions. Here’s the London Telegraph: Tony Blair spoke candidly of how studying other religions had strengthened his Catholic faith as he took […]

I see you in a black shirt with a white collar…

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Conversion stories don’t come any more compelling or unusual than this one, about a tarot reader who became a Catholic priest: My earliest memories of the occult revolve around an near obsession with the TV shows “Bewitched” and “I Dream […]

“I am a witness to and the beneficiary of God’s love for all of us”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Those remarkable words come from the pen of Joe Eszterhas, a man who previously used that pen to write movies like “Showgirls” and “Basic Instinct.” He has a new book out about his conversion, Crossbearer. And he just wrote a […]

Is an entire Episcopalian diocese about to cross the Tiber?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

This is a pretty amazing piece of news, especially coming from a secular newspaper in Texas: an entire Episcopalian diocese may be preparing to become Catholic. From The Dallas Morning News: A delegation of Episcopal priests from Fort Worth paid […]

Bobby Jindal’s journey

posted by deacon greg kandra

He’s been mentioned on the short list of John McCain’s possible running mates. And now Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is getting closer scrutiny from the media. The Wall Street Journal recently looked at his remarkable faith journey: In 1988, 16-year-old […]

Wisconsin welcomes its first married priest

posted by deacon greg kandra

While the world watches and wonders what will be happening with the Anglicans — and if we might see a small stampede of new Catholic priests with families in tow — it’s worthwhile to pause and direct our attention toward […]

“A truly remarkable development”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

After focusiing for a few weeks now on all the turmoil roiling the Anglican Communion in England, Damien Thompson has found some big news on the other side of the pond. In New Jersey, in fact: The Catholic Church will […]

Everybody slide down and make extra room in your pew…

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

More news late today on the Disturbance in the Force, i.e., rumblings of schism in the Church of England. Damien Thompson has the lowdown: The Bishop of Ebbsfleet, the Rt Rev Andrew Burnham, is to lead his fellow Anglo-Catholics from […]

A new deacon: making room at the inn

posted by deacon greg kandra

In Massachusetts, there’s a great story that shows both the diversity and uniqueness of the diaconate vocation. The new member of the clergy is an innkeeper in New England (why do I keep picturing Bob Newhart?), and a convert, who […]

Chilly Autumn

posted by deacon greg kandra

This stirred up attention some months back, and some people thought the Royal involved would give up any claim to the throne for the woman he loved. Evidently, no, according to the Times of London: Peter Phillips, the Queen’s eldest […]

“For me, Catholicism is just the right thing”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A story out of West Virginia this weekend points to something a lot of us cradle Catholics don’t think about much– the powerful and important impact of converts on our faith: Roseann Sodaro French finds it hard to explain exactly […]

Mikhail Gorbachev, Christian

posted by deacon greg kandra

This is an amazing bit of news for Holy Week: Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Communist leader of the Soviet Union, has acknowledged his Christian faith for the first time, paying a surprise visit to pray at the tomb of St […]

“Here comes everybody”

posted by deacon greg kandra

That was what James Joyce once said about the Catholic Church. It’s still that way, and we’re still “everybody” — a motley and wonderful bunch of saints and sinners, marching toward something we hope (despite all our obvious flaws) is […]

Bound for glory: the journey toward baptism at Easter

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

As we continue the countdown to Easter — 10 days until the Vigil! — it’s heartening and inspiring to read about those who are making the journey toward that baptismal font. The St. Anthony Messenger has a great piece this […]

“God opened the door”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

As one of our correspondents at CBS likes to put it: “Everybody has a story.” And the story of this Protestant minister’s conversion to Catholicism, printed recently in the Catholic Explorer in Illinois, is well worth hearing: At the same […]

Bishop on Tony Blair: “We have all offended God in so many ways”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The recent conversion of Tony Blair is continuing to stir controversy, and now a bishop in Great Britain has written a letter to the local press saying, “Enough already.” The author of the letter is pictured below. He is Rt. […]

Meet Fr. Michael Seed, Tony Blair’s priest

posted by deacon greg kandra

A British paper has what may be the best “get” of this still-young year: an interview with the man who helped bring Tony Blair into the Catholic Church: Father Michael Seed may be, according to his great friend Ann Widdecombe, […]

Tony Blair and John Henry Newman

posted by deacon greg kandra

Tony Blair’s recent conversion has sparked a fair amount of comment, not all of it positive. But the Times of London has just posted this compelling response, from author Msgr. Roderick Strange, who places it in a very interesting historical […]

From atheist to catechist

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

How does someone who believes in nothing come to believe in God? Down in Virginia, the Arlington Herald recently published the remarkable story of how a young woman who had turned her back on God found her way to the […]

Tony Blair = St. Paul?

posted by deacon greg kandra

I suspect we’ll be hearing more and more about Tony Blair’s conversion, as more experts and friends and enemies weigh in. Today’s nugget: from Ruth Gledhill, religion correspondent from the London Times, who spoke with one of the priests who […]

It started at Downing Street…

posted by deacon greg kandra

More details are seeping out about Tony Blair’s conversion. This piece from the Guardian says that he actually began instruction before leaving his job as prime minister: Tony Blair began formal instructions to convert officially to Roman Catholicism four months […]

It’s official: Tony Blair is Catholic

posted by deacon greg kandra

After months, if not years, of speculation, Tony Blair has crossed the Tiber. The report from the Times of London: The former Prime Minister Tony Blair has been received into the Roman Catholic Church. Mr Blair was received into full […]

A Muslim in Iraq: “Tell me more about Jesus”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Every now and then, a conversion story hits you so hard you just stop and go “Whoa.” That pretty much sums up my reaction to this remarkable item from the Catholic News Agency. A stringer went over to Iraq and […]

Make room for one more

posted by deacon greg kandra

One more Episcopal bishop, that is. Last week, another announced he would strap on his water wings and swim the Tiber: On Wednesday, November 21, Bishop John B. Lipscomb announced his intention to seek release from his Episcopal vows and […]

A Catholic evangelist?

posted by deacon greg kandra

That is what convert and businessman Richard Lane calls himself, and some of his wise words on the faith were published recently in the St. Louis Review: Lane is known as a Catholic evangelist, a term he said people have […]

Alex Jones: the evangelical who became a Catholic deacon

posted by deacon greg kandra

One of the more celebrated Catholic converts — and a recently ordained deacon, by the way — is former evangelical Alex Jones. He now spends much of his time traveling the country, talking about his journey back to the Church. […]

Just in time for Christmas

posted by deacon greg kandra

The rumblings about Tony Blair’s conversion to Catholicism are getting louder. Now, the British press is pounding the drums, and sounding awfully certain: Tony Blair will convert to Roman Catholicism within weeks when he is received into the church by […]

Can we be Catholic? Please?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

More Anglicans may be headed our way. Following up on the report a few days back, a group from Ireland now wants to join the homecoming: Parishioners from three Church of Ireland parishes have joined traditional Anglicans from 12 other […]

The remarkable rise of Bobby Jindal

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s hard not to like the story of this (as the New York Times puts it) “improbable” candidate for governor in Louisiana — a Catholic convert who could could give a completely new face to politics in the American south: […]

Here come the Anglicans

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

While Tony Blair mulls crossing the Tiber, some of his fellow Anglicans aren’t mulling. They’re ready to dive right in: The College of Bishops of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) recently petitioned for “full, corporate, sacramental union” with the Roman […]

The Bishop’s Wife

posted by deacon greg kandra

This has only the faintest echoes of the classic movie starring David Niven, Cary Grant and Loretta Young. But it does involve a curious spiritual triangle, as an Irish Anglican bishop finds himself in somewhat awkward circumstances: The wife of […]

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