Tuesday, July 8, 2008

More News from England

Boy! It's just one thing right after another lately, isn't it? According to Damien Thompson's latest post on the Telegraph online, a traditionalist Anglican Bishop is ready to lead his fellow Anglo-Catholics back to Rome en masse. Bishop of Ebbsfleet Andrew Burnham, one of two "flying bishops" in the Anglo-Catholic province of Canterbury, has expressed confidence that an arrangement can be worked out with the Holy See, apparently to allow whole congregations to be received into the Catholic Church.

Good news? Perhaps so, but I am inclined to be cautious. There are lots of hurdles to be overcome first, and it remains to be seen whether a large number of Anglicans will be willing to make the sacrifices necessary. I hope and pray that some will. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.

Once again, I defer to Fr. Dwight Longenecker on the subject. Ordained in the Church of England in the 1980's, he was received into the Catholic Church in 1995 and ordained a Catholic priest in 2006, so he knows whereof he speaks. Read his take on this latest news here.

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