Skip to comments.Anglicans Swimming the Tiber, a One-Year Report
Posted on 02/15/2013 5:58:14 AM PST by marshmallow
Its natural for any employee to want to know just how committed the big boss is to the companys future and, especially, to the expansion project that includes his job.
So, even though Pope Benedict XVI didnt make it to America in person, Father Jason Catania still appreciated the message he sent to the former Episcopal priests and others who swam the Tiber to Rome after the pontiffs controversial Anglicanorum Coetibus (groups of Anglicans) pronouncement in 2009.
We didnt just wake up one morning last year and said, Why dont we join the Catholic Church? Many of us have made personal and financial sacrifices over the years to do this, said Catania, who leads Mount Calvary Church in Baltimore. This was the first American parish that voted to enter one of the new personal ordinariates the equivalent of nationwide dioceses that would allow Anglicans to retain key elements of their liturgy, music, art and other traditions, such as married priests.
We were very intentional and took many steps toward Rome on this journey, he said. Now were starting to see the results of the Vaticans strategic step toward us.
Clergy and supporters of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter gathered at its home base in Houston last week to mark the first anniversary of this outreach effort in America. Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller, the new leader of the Vaticans powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, offered his share of theological commentary on this project, but made it clear that his main message was personal.
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In other news...
Many formerly trapped Catholics are being rescued by Christ and escaping the chains of Rome. As their eyes are being opened, they are realizing that their salvation was granted by grace alone, through faith, and that not of themselves...it was a gift of God, not of works the way they were taught to boast by Rome and its sacerdotalism, indulgences, mariolatry, rosaries, sacraments, rituals, etc.
Here we go again.....
We don’t stand a chance against Islam when Christians spend so much time cutting each others’ throats in interdenominational fratricide.
They're taught that all that's necessary is faith when Scripture tells us explicitly that there is something greater than faith and that something is love which shows itself in works, which is precisely why James tells us that faith without works is useless. They're taught to ignore the importance of the cross and suffering when Jesus says definitively that anyone who would be his follower must take up that cross and carry it. A work, in other words.
They swallow latter-day American heresy, Rapture-shmature, the "prosperity gospel", ticket-punch salvation where all that's necessary is to maintain a gut-feeling that "I'm saved" and it's a done deal. Insta-salvation, drive through salvation, fast-food salvation.
Blind fools. Blind, presumptuous fools.
The little dutch boy is trying to hold his finger in the dike.
Yes but Catholicism is right and everything else is either wrong or only partially right. As a result, there will be no compromise of doctrine. The Catholic Church is, after all. the church that Christ founded.
However, any affection, not to mention respect at all left for what after all is, along with the Orthodox tradition, the Mother Church?
King James and King Charles not Protestant enough for you?
The rapprochement between the Lutherans and the Romans not mentioned in your church's bulletin?
Any realization that you would not have your personal Bible at all had it not been preserved by those horrid Greeks and even worse Romans?
sacerdotalism, indulgences, mariolatry, rosaries, sacraments, rituals, etc. Guilty as charged, and so what?
.... salvation was granted by grace alone, through faith, and that not of themselves....
There you go again, agreeing with the Pope.
The Roman Catholic Church ... laden with pagan tradition? Well yeah, that's the Roman part. The Greek Orthodox Church, laden with Hellenistic pagan traditions? Well yeah, that's the Greek part. Authority, Tradition, Hierarchy, no religion ... even the various Protestant sects .... can exist without some of those elements in greater or lesser degree. Think Circus (another pagan concept). The tents and costumes may differ, but the elephant is the same.
Take your stand. Militantly convert as many as you can to your way of worship and praise. However, don't presume that those outside of your particular sect are any more or less Christian, or even saved, than yourself.
If Rome taught anything close to the Scriptural definition of the gospel of Christ, there would be no argument. Its pagan traditions disqualify it. Sorry.
I Tim. 1:3,4
Already taken. And, unlike the attitude of Rome, only God can convert anyone to biblical Christianity. But, continue on with the candles, the chalice, the prada shoes, the pointy hats, and the incense...Rom. 9:16
For almost four years, I’ve been meeting regularly in study with a group that includes many Episcopalians. I respect them a great deal and wish all Anglicans/Episcopalians the very best in whatever they do and whatever they choose.
Wait just a darn minute here. Isn't name calling supposed to be the domain of those who don't believe that "love" is the answer? Shouldn't you best hurry down to the man in the bathrobe and say a few "I can play dominos better than you can"? or paternosters (or some kind of noster) to get "saved" again?
Lotta drama here...Say, can you finally tell us then what the will of the Father is??? Or not???
My one question is, and it should be very simple to answer, is: Can you, marshmallow, tell us what we can do to be approved unto the Father?
**Many formerly trapped Catholics **
No such thing. This statement is an oxymoron.
Once a Catholic — always a Catholic — and the person will have to answer for their Baptism when they die.
They may not be an active Catholic right now, but they will always be a Catholic.
The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, The Unity and Trinity of God
The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, God and His Perfections
The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, The Purpose of Man's Existence