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Historic father and son ordination: “A great moment in the history of our faith”
Deacon's Bench ^ | July 1, 2012 | Deacon Greg Kandra

Posted on 07/02/2012 2:25:04 PM PDT by NYer

It’s believed to be the first time in the U.S. that a father and son have been ordained at the same Mass.


“Charles Albert Hough the III.”

Bishop Kevin Vann’s historic words rang out at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller as he called first the father… and then the son.

“Charles Albert Hough the IV.”

Both answered the call before a big congregation during a one-of-its-kind ordination.

“Oh, this is a great moment in the life of our family — a great moment in the history of our faith,” said the elder Hough.

The father-and-son duo — who both go by “Chuck” — are among six Episcopal priests who became Catholic priests at the Saturday morning ceremony.

The Vatican started to let married Episcopal priests be ordained in the Catholic church 20 years ago.

The wives of both Chuck Hough III and IV both proudly looked on during the service.

“It’s been a blessing… a miraculous blessing to be ordained with my son,” said the elder Father Chuck. “The first time in the history of the United States a father and son has ever been ordained at the same Mass.”

It was a special ceremony for more reasons than one. The political rift between Anglicans and Catholics is on the mend.

“It’s a day in great history, because really — in some ways — it’s sort of mending the break that occurred in the reformation years ago,” Bishop Vann said. “It’s very historical.”

The Houghs say the controversy in the Episcopal church over gay and female priests did not drive them away. It was all about unity that made them turn to priesthood and Catholicism. And accomplishing this feat together only added to the excitement.

“We were absolutely delighted, and I’m very honored to have been ordained a Catholic priest with my father… a man I’ve respected my entire life,” said the junior Father Chuck.

Read more here and here.

Congratulations and welcome — and ad multos annos!

And prayerful good wishes, too, to your wives!

TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: episcopal
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To: CTrent1564
Hi Council,

au contraire, I do know the difference and can make the distinction, however you are concerning yourself with the wrong person.

I know and accept the primacy of the Pope and respect and practice the faith in its fullest meaning, even though it is extremely difficult.

The gentleman, who I addressed my comments, is emblematic the the Catholics who also “feel” uncomfortable with women not have the right to choose, who “feel” OK about the lapse in Church attendance, about never going to reconciliation, and on and on.

I did not call the gentlemen a dissident or accuse him of being heretical (as you suggest), I merely suggested, being uncomfortable as his is, he would likely be more comfortable being a protestant, particularly as an Episcopalian.

Being that the father and son priests were formerly Episcopalians, I thought the irony was delicious and couldn't resist.

Obviously you missed irony in apologetics school.


21 posted on 07/04/2012 6:56:43 AM PDT by LurkingSince'98 (Catholics=John 6:53-58 Everyone else=John 6:60-66)
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To: LurkingSince'98


Ok, my bad then, I thought the debate was over celibacy and Married Priests. If the debate is over the question of abortion, then that becomes a whole different question as obviously the Catholic CHurch’s teaching on abortion is a Definitive teaching of Catholic Moral Theology.

And I agree, lapse Church attendance is not good and one should go to the sacrament of COnfession for delibarately choosing not to go to Sunday Mass.

I thought the whole issue was regarding the ordination of the Father and Son, both married men, to the Catholic priesthood and not these other issues.

So my bad on this one.

22 posted on 07/04/2012 7:03:58 AM PDT by CTrent1564
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To: LurkingSince'98; Gay State Conservative


Now on the other hand, if I read post #2 and #3 correctly, and your post where you cited the CCC regarding celibacy, one could come to the conclusion that the entire discussion was indeed about celibacy and married priests and not the issues of abortion, missing Mass, Confession etc, as you say in your last post.

So perhaps as someone who got the “irony in apologetics school”, you can help out as to what is the point of debate between you and the gentlemen you addressed your comments to. After re-reading the thread, it does appear to simple ole me that it was regarding the question of ordination of married men to the Catholic Priesthood vs. celibacy.

23 posted on 07/04/2012 7:12:17 AM PDT by CTrent1564
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To: CTrent1564
Hi C,

I've got to go - taking the kids to a tractor pull - no kidding however...

the way the gentleman brought it up is so typical of way a huge chunk of semi-Catholics or CINOs believe..

as I said emblematic of the larger problem. I wish them farewell for the greener less demanding pastures they desire.

Have a great 4th,

24 posted on 07/04/2012 8:21:01 AM PDT by LurkingSince'98 (Catholics=John 6:53-58 Everyone else=John 6:60-66)
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To: LurkingSince'98


Ok my friend, no harm no foul. Hope you and your family enjoy the 4th of July Holiday.

25 posted on 07/04/2012 8:43:04 AM PDT by CTrent1564
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