Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Express Lane Catholicism

It is interesting that the Vatican would make it easier for disaffected Anglicans to become Catholic, but mainly from a technical theological standpoint. What it really demonstrates is how good the Holy See's public relations staff has gotten at this point, when a shuffle of Church bureaucratic proceedures makes headline news.

Notice the attempt to manufacture controversey between Catholics and Anglicans on the one hand, and the attempt to stir the culture war "this is about homosexuals" meme on the other.

All in all, this is a notable change in Church circles, but I wonder if it will affect any more than a few thousand people worldwide.


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2 comments:

patsbrother said...

Unless I've been having ephiphanous visions, I'm pretty sure disenchanted, married Anglicans defecting to the Catholic fold is not a new thing. You hear about it every few years, or at least that was my impression. Since tenth grade I've wondered if there are Catholic priests who regret not being Anglicans first.

mominem said...

I always wondered why the Catholic Church didn't allow married Anglican Bishops to convert and create new orders of married Catholic priests, neat side stepping the unmarried priest tradition.