US Episcopal parish joins Catholic Church

2011-06-06 22:37

New York - A Episcopal parish in the eastern state of Maryland will be the first in the United States to join the Roman Catholic Church under a streamlined conversion plan created by the Vatican.

St Luke's Episcopal parish in Bladensburg will come under the care of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. Washington's Episcopal bishop said on Monday he approves the plan.

The Episcopal Church is the US arm of the world Anglican Communion. Pope Benedict XVI issued an unprecedented invitation in 2009 to Anglicans to become Catholic while retaining some Anglican heritage.

Anglicans have been divided over ordaining women and gays. Vatican officials insist they were only responding to pastoral requests from Anglicans.

U.S. Catholic leaders will soon create the equivalent of a national diocese for Anglo-Catholics.

  • oxygen - 2011-06-07 08:14

    And that means - what? Is this exciting news? Was there a worldwide collective sigh of relief? Is earth going to be a better place? Instant warmth, comfort, love, understanding? Do we qualify for that all protective vatican-vermin god-bubble now? I have a new name for them. Velcro-Heads.

      Majik - 2011-06-07 11:21

      Oxygen thief!

  • Odysseus - 2011-06-07 13:59

    Welcome Home, brothers and sisters. Great to have you back after 400 years of wandering in the wilderness.

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