Thursday, February 3, 2011

More Anglicans Crossing Over

There are several articles floating around about this. Here's the snippet from SkyNews.

Hundreds of disillusioned Anglicans are expected to defect to the Roman Catholic Church in time for Lent.

It follows a campaign by Father Keith Newton to leave the Church of England in protest at its stance on the ordination of women and gay clergy.

Fr Newton has encouraged Anglicans to join the Ordinariate - a special branch of Catholicism established by the Pope - to welcome protestant defectors.

The Ordinariate is a special structure established by Pope Benedict to welcome the disillusioned Anglicans.

The efforts of the Archbishop of Canterbury have not been enough to stop hundreds of Anglo Catholics making the split that he had hoped to avoid.

In mid-January it got off the ground with the conversion of three Anglican bishops who are now bringing others on board.

The Church of England says that 1,000 of its 13,000 parishes are opposed to the ordination of women.

It's not a tidal wave or anything, but I think we have to consider it as a big deal. Just plain old inertia will keep a lot of people in place for a long time. I don't see the effects of Anglicanorum Coetibus just petering out either. As Anglicanism continues its decay, more and more folks will start to see just what a trainwreck the Reformation was, especially the shenanigans that went down in England.

I'm more curious as to how the geopolitical aspects of this will play out. The Global South aren't just going to sit around and let the Schoris of the world call the shots. They've been pretty blunt about that. I'm not sure they are willing to embrace the Church, though. It would be absolutely huge if the dominos here started to fall in the direction of Catholicism.

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