Skip to comments.Church of England bishop converts to Rome
Posted on 02/17/2010 10:22:47 AM PST by Schnucki
The former assistant Bishop of Newcastle, Paul Richardson, has been received into full communion with the Holy See, I am pleased to reveal. Richardson also a former Anglican bishop in Papua New Guinea and diocesan bishop of Wangaratta in Australia was received into the Church at the chaplaincy at Durham University last month.
He tells me that his conversion is not the product of recent controversies. I would have become a Catholic even if the Church of England wasnt ordaining women bishops, he says. In a sense I feel its what Ive always been, so this is like coming home.
Richardson, 63, is not planning to join the Ordinariate, but hasnt ruled out ordination as a Catholic priest You cant just jump in and say I want to be ordained. I think I have to let the Church guide me over that, he says.
Here is Paul Richardsons page on the website of the Anglican diocese of Newcastle, where the bishop chaired the diocesan board of education. He now lives in London, where he attends Mass daily at St Georges Cathedral, Southwark. Im very happy just being an ordinary Catholic, he tells me.
And I hope I speak on behalf of my Catholic readers when I say that we are very happy to welcome him.
(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.telegraph.co.uk ...
I'm surprised that a Church established to grant a king a divorce and steal Church lands has lasted this long.
As noted, he still has a page on the website of the Anglican diocese of Newcastle:
Real kind comment.
Richardson is the salt of the earth. Perhaps he will help some of the Catholic bishops he will meet to be converted.
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Truly touched by God's grace.
You should have stopped after Welcome Home. What’s accomplished by adding the swipe?
Whatever unfortunate circumstances may have surrounded the formation of the Church of England, it currently contains many people trying in good faith to be faithful Christians. I see no need to insult them.
You see that kind of arrogant ignorance so much among RCs I wouldn't be surprised if the church itself was teaching this.
Tells me all I will ever need to know about Rome, for all that there are some very good people over there.
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers, some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Paul"; another, "I follow Apollos"; another, "I follow Cephas"; still another, "I follow Christ." Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul? I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized into my name. (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don't remember if I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospelnot with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 1Cor 1:10-17
You could easily read the above as One of you says, "I follow Luther"; another, "I follow Calvin"; another, "I follow Wesley"; still another, "I follow Christ."
Christians cannot be perfectly united in mind and thought when they have different beliefs on, say, the necessity of water baptism, while others believe This is my Body means This is a cookie
God bless in your journey to the truth.
no, not the church teaching it.
just uncharitable speech. idle words.
I tried to find JPII’s comments about appreciating that which is noble in all cultures ... we also have a tradition in America of keeping what is of value and disregarding the rest ... and every time, for example, someone speaks of John Winthrop’s “City upon a Hill”, we don’t need to be reminded that the Puritan’s ... were a fanatical group engaged in terrorism.
... and this nation owes it's earliest colonial beginnings to Protestants fleeing terror at the hands of ... whom?
There was one of those colonies, however, that was founded by and for Catholics, and that would be Maryland. There were wars between Maryland and Rhode Island, the so-called Puritan Wars.
Then, that lovely state institution that superceded the previous, Catholic state institution, known as the Church of England, established itself in a few of the colonies, and began the cycle anew, forcing any number of humble Christian sects to flee again, to the near-frontier of NC, GA or the wild back country west of the Appalachians.
The myopia on these threads is maddening at times. Just be glad that the end result of it all is a nation that does not allow a state religion, and permits you to harangue others about the motes in their eyes, while ignoring the log in your own.
If you want to get "Biblical" about things, I suggest you re-read Luke 15:11-32 and stop fighting 500 year old battles.
There are going to be a lot of Anglicans coming home in the next few years. If we welcome them by shaking their hands with one hand and slapping their faces with the other we make the good son look like the hero of the story.
Little bit of re-writing of history there. The Puritans fled England, England was hardly Catholic. Henry became king in 1509 and the reformation began in the 1530's. The Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth in 1620 or so after first being in the Netherlands, Holland etc...
They weren't fleeing Catholics from there, they had been kicked out of England by the Anglican Church.
Also while technically Maryland was a "Catholic" colony, the majority of the people that the Calvert brothers were able to bring over were Anglican and some Lutherans.
Maryland was established as a Palatinate, with a measure of independence from the Crown enjoyed by no other colony under England in America. That the Catholic Calvert(s) were permitted to do so by their decidedly un-Catholic King undermines a few assumptions.
I would have become a Catholic even if the Church of England wasnt ordaining women bishops, he says. In a sense I feel its what Ive always been, so this is like coming home.
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