Thursday, January 13, 2011
I'm a Protestant Clergy Convert to Catholicism
With nowhere to hang my hat! So I hope Deacon Keith Fournier is correct. I hope the ordination of Anglican priests into the Catholic home is the first baby step in a movement to embrace folks from other non-Anglican traditions. Of course if it is, knowing the speed with which the Catholic Church moves, this should probably help my great grandchild's kids. Still, at least it's something. If nothing else, it might turn attention back to the 'Protestant Clergy Convert Movement' that seemed so promising through the 80s and 90s. I know, I know, there are still those of us coming into the Church even today. But it isn't what it was, that's for sure. The numbers are still spliced and parsed to make it look good, but there is no real forward momentum to keep adding to the attitude of welcome and acceptance and utilization for those who came in. Certainly not to counter the numbers of those leaving the Church in various parts of Europe and America. Things are, at their best, about the way they were when Scott Hahn came into the Church. Some might argue they've slipped back a notch. And that seems to go for Protestant laymen as much as clergy. At least here in America. So maybe this indicates change is in the air. We'll have to see I guess.