Sunday, November 14, 2010

Real Catholics

With all the stuff about Anglicans flying around lately, I almost missed this bit from The Baltimore Sun via Rorate:

Mount Calvary Episcopal Church in Baltimore on Sunday became the first congregation in Maryland to vote to break ties with the Episcopal Church and take steps to join the Roman Catholic Church.

The small Anglo Catholic parish at Madison Avenue and Eutaw Street was feeling increasingly alienated from the Episcopal Church as it accepted priests who did not believe in what most of the congregation saw as the foundations of the faith, according to Warren Tanghe, a former Episcopal priest who is now attending St. Mary's Seminary in Roland Park and preparing for ordination in the Catholic church. Tanghe knows members of the parish, where he has assisted in the past, and said they also were uncomfortable when the church began ordaining women, gays and lesbians.

The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland issued a statement Monday about the vote, but both the bishop and the rector, the Rev. Jason Catania, declined to be interviewed. A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Sean Caine, said the Catholic Church would welcome the congregation.

However, the process is not easy and the members will have to negotiate with the Episcopal Diocese to keep its building. Under Episcopal canons, the property is held in trust for the diocese and national church. However, the deed of the property is held in the name of the parish.

The small congregation has 45 members who were eligible to vote, and 28 voted on Sunday in an election that was overseen by Episcopal Diocesan officials. The vote was 24 in favor of leaving the church, two against and two abstentions. Mount Calvary would like to be an Anglican parish within the Roman Catholic Church.

The interesting bit comes from the Rorate comments and is something I've been wondering for a while now.

1.) How will these traditional Anglicans, especially the soon-to-be priests, feel when they begin to mix and mingle with the typical Novus Ordo priest, many of whom, at least in terms of liturgy and orthodoxy, are more entrenched in Protestantism than the Protestants? [this shunning of traditional priests already happens with many FSSP priests, so no need to pretend it's not a problem]

Hell, you don't even have to go that far. Traditionally minded Novus Ordo priests get shunned all the time.

2.) What does it say about the state of the Roman Catholic Church when Protestants have a Catholic identity tenfold greater than the average Novus Ordo "Catholic community"?

It says a lot. None of it's good, but it says a lot. My hope is that these Tiber-swimmers will have a net positive effect on the ostensibly Catholic Protestants that are trying to destroy the Church. It could happen. These Anglicans have lived through the auto-demolition of Anglicanism. I'm betting they fight like crazy to keep their new home from suffering the fate of the old one. That will mean being able to tell a lot of stories that may awaken the dissenters to the reality of what they are trying to do.

1 comment:

Philip said...

I don't know if it matters or not, but this Church is about 8 blocks from St. Alphonsus in Baltimore. St. Alphonsus is probably the most traditional parish in the city outside of the ethnic (Polish, Italian, etc.) parishes. They'll find some kindred spirits there.