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Pope opens door to unhappy Anglicans
10-21-2009, 02:46 PM
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Pope opens door to unhappy Anglicans
Quote:The Vatican is seeking to appeal to disgruntled Anglicans by easing the process of conversion to Roman Catholicism, a surprising step meant to entice traditionalists opposed to the idea of women priests, openly gay clergy, and same-sex unions.

Appearing to follow the precedent of Catholic communities in the Middle East and Eastern Europe that follow different rites, the Vatican hopes to bring disenchanted Anglicans into the Catholic fold.

The decision, announced on October 21, will put Anglican converts to Catholicism in a position analogous to that of Catholic communities in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. These churches have long followed different rites, although they have maintained their loyalty to Rome.

As Cardinal William Levada explained in announcing the decision, "the unity of the church does not require a uniformity that ignores cultural diversity, as the history of Christianity shows."

The move enables conservative Anglicans to affiliate with the Catholic Church while keeping elements of the Anglican liturgy and identity.

In the past, disgruntled Anglicans had become Catholic on an individual basis. The Vatican decision sets up a structure through which new parishes would be created for the converts to be run by former Anglican clergy.

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And before anyone asks, Anglican priests who convert to Catholicism get to keep their wives.
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10-21-2009, 04:10 PM
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Wow. That last bit is a really big step for them. It opens the door to get rid of the celibate priesthood altogether, or at the very least to do it more like the Orthodox (where you are celibate if you were unmarried, but you remain married if you were already married beforehand.)

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10-21-2009, 07:03 PM (This post was last modified: 10-21-2009 07:20 PM by catholicstation.)
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(10-21-2009 04:10 PM)GTseng3 Wrote:  Wow. That last bit is a really big step for them. It opens the door to get rid of the celibate priesthood altogether, or at the very least to do it more like the Orthodox (where you are celibate if you were unmarried, but you remain married if you were already married beforehand.)

The Trullan Synod (692 A.D.), also known as the Quinisext, determined that bishops should not be married, but marriage was permitted for deacons and priests before ordination. No marriage was allowed after ordination. A priest or a deacon could not renounce his wife on the pretense of piety, but sexual relations were prohibited prior to celebrating the liturgy

Essenes did not marry; they shared property in common; they ate all meals together; and they lived a strictly regulated life of study and prayer; and they held themselves to a higher standard of virtue than others outside their community

John the Baptist seems to have belonged to the Essenes

Matthew 19 11 Who said to them: All men take not this word, but they to whom it is given. 12 For there are eunuchs, who were born so from their mother's womb: and there are eunuchs, who were made so by men: and there are eunuchs, who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven. He that can take, let him take it.
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Galatians 5 23 Mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity. Against such there is no law.
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10-21-2009, 07:18 PM
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(10-21-2009 04:10 PM)GTseng3 Wrote:  Wow. That last bit is a really big step for them. It opens the door to get rid of the celibate priesthood altogether, or at the very least to do it more like the Orthodox (where you are celibate if you were unmarried, but you remain married if you were already married beforehand.)

Anglican priests converting and keeping their wives is an old story. In Catholicism a legitimate marriage cannot be dissolved. The only obstacle to a Catholic priest being married is the vow of chastity, which is not a theological requirement, just a church rule. Due both to the shortage of Catholic priests and to the desire to lure converts, Anglican priests who convert are often ordained as Catholic priests. If married they must first apply to the Vatican for a dispensation from the vow, which is usually granted.

Here is an interesting blog (by a Catholic priest!) that considers two possible ways the situation could develop.
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10-21-2009, 08:07 PM
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The purpose of The Coming Home Network International (CHNetwork) is to provide fellowship, encouragement and support for Protestant pastors and laymen who are somewhere along the journey or have already been received into the Catholic Church.

http://www.chnetwork.org/converts.html
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12-05-2009, 07:59 AM
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(10-21-2009 08:07 PM)catholicstation Wrote:  The purpose of The Coming Home Network International (CHNetwork) is to provide fellowship, encouragement and support for Protestant pastors and laymen who are somewhere along the journey or have already been received into the Catholic Church.

http://www.chnetwork.org/converts.html

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