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Nearly 1,000 Anglicans Converting to Catholicism

LONDON (RNS/ENInews) More than 900 Anglicans formally expressed a desire to convert to Catholicism at special services held at Westminster Cathedral — including the first Anglicans to join a new branch of the Catholic Church.
The annual ceremonies held last weekend (March 12-13), included 62 adults who will become Catholics as part of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, who is the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, presided.
The “personal ordinariate” was set up by Pope Benedict XV1 as an extra-geographical body for Anglican converts who left over theological differences, including the consecration of women bishops.
“All will be `sent forth’ by their bishops to prepare to be received into the church in parishes across the Diocese of Westminster at Easter 2011,” Eddie Tulasiewicz, of the Diocese of Westminster Communications Office, told ENInews.
– TREVOR GRUNDY, Religion News Service

  • Henrietta22

    I think it’s safe to say the Royal Family will not follow these switching Anglicans.

  • nnmns

    What a fine bunch of new Catholics not!

  • pagansister

    So much for joining a church that accepts everyone. For those that can’t accept equality, safer to head for one that doesn’t believe in it.

  • Mordred08

    So now the Anglican church is too gay-friendly? I’m guessing these guys weren’t from the Anglican church in Uganda.

  • Metaman

    There are tens of thousands of progressive Catholics, millions, really. The converts I know are neither homophobic, nor are they misogynists. Moreover, if you take a look at the catechism, you’ll discover that despite all the rules and regulations-yes they are burdensome sometimes-the official teaching of the Church recognizes personal conscience as the final arbiter of moral decisions.

  • Henrietta22

    Quote: sometimes the official teaching of the Church recognizes personal conscience as the final arbiter of moral decisions. At least until The Pope checks their personal conscience of moral decisions and then he is the arbiter of the moral decision.

  • Georgia Dude

    I guess some folks can’t bring yourselves to get alone with others who are different. To me. Catholicism is the true Christian religion, but no without some legitimate criticism. There may Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Christians out there. Personally. I wouldn’t find having a crossdresser in the pulpit as long they preach the word of
    God, but that would probably in you mainline and conservative churches.

  • John Collier

    The problem with discussing this issue is that those who discuss it usually have much deeper issues of disagreement. What makes a think good or bad? Are good things simply things I like and bad things, things I don’t like?
    Disagreement one, Is scripture trustworthy? Issue two, does the Church teach truth? Issue three, what part does my conscience play in my culpability for sins committed– if I don’t agree with the Church, does it stop being a sin?
    Until we can agree on these issues, nothing else which flows from that agreement can be settled.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Joseph Miller

    There was only one faith for 1500 years. There is but one faith, one baptism, one Lord. Even Jesus in his prayer in the Gospel of John instructs that we all be one as there is one shepherd, one flock. God could of parted the Red Sea in the OT but even then, there was a leader on this earth. As the Pope is God’s servant on this earth, there is also one faith. The Anglicans are doing the right thing by returning Home!!

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