Skip to comments.Former Episcopal bishop discusses his new life as Catholic priest
Posted on 03/07/2009 7:29:47 AM PST by GonzoII
ROME (CNS) -- If using dolls to practice the baptismal ritual is a humbling experience for seminarians, one can imagine what it was like for someone who already had baptized hundreds of babies.
Father Jeffrey N. Steenson, the former Episcopal bishop of the Rio Grande, prepared for his ordination to the Catholic priesthood with seminarians from Rome's Pontifical North American College.
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What a joke the Episcopal church ended up. If there’s one thing I like about the Catholic Church is that it is a powerful voice for the correct issues of our time.
I expect there will be many more, as the Piskies and the ELCA Lutherans continue their institutional suicide runs.
When people get tired of the “Church of Our Egos” they will be flocking back to the Catholic Church in droves. The Holy Spirit has quite a job to do to get us all focused on what is important and not just ourselves.
It’s happening with several faiths now, it’s just that the Anglicans/Episcopalians are the most notable (for obvious reasons). I’ve also seen Lutherans and Baptists join the Catholic fold recently.
All converts have a similar desire to get back to the Eucharist. The “communion of saints” is also very appealing.
Some are tired of the gay agenda, some are tired of the egos, some are tired of the “pop culture” aspect, and some are tired of their former church with its politics. Many Christian religions where formed by rebelling against the Mother Church (or by splintering off the original rebellers themselves), and were lead by earthly men who thought they could interpret scripture better than the Vatican. Such men often used greviances (wether true or false) to advance their agendas. Such a foundation, sooner or later, cracks.
The Church of England formed because of a certain earthly king who put his loins, lust and lineage above GOD. How many people died because of this and the rivalries that still go on even today.
And, uh...Mrs Steenson?
She's still Mrs. Steenson.
Exceptions are made.
Prior to being ordained, Steenson had to agree that if his wife precedes him in death, he will then adopt the discipline of celibacy for the remainder of his life.
Nice gig, if you can get it. What if my husband decided he wanted to be a priest?
Was he an Anglican Priest and if so would he be willing to take a sizable pay cut along with very limited career potential to be ordained in the Latin Rite?
No. But assuming he was willing to give up his present career to be a priest, then what, precisely, makes a former Anglican or Episcopal priest an exception to the celibacy requirement, as opposed to every other man?
That’s just how the pope wrote things out back in the early 80s: http://www.pastoralprovision.org/
If you are a married Anglican priest and cross the tiber it makes no sense to a) dump your wife, b) divorce her, c) do anything else goofy. The R.C.’s also take older catholic married men into the seminary. It’s the younger unmarried men who are most affected by the celibacy issue. Even R.C. laity aren’t aware of the finer details. (They honestly don’t care either)
Not really, unless you're referring to either (a) the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches, which ordain married men, at least in their traditional territories; or (b) a situation like Rev. Steenson's -- a married former Protestant clergyman who's given a special dispensation to seek ordination to the priesthood.
A priest is never to be into careers, he's a VICTIM with Christ.
Charity, weakness and Ecumenism.
LOL. With all those curtain climbers.
God bless you two!
Who has curtains? You can see why a cottage on the grounds of the Irish Seminary would seem like a great deal ...