Friday, October 19, 2007

400,000 Catholic Converts!?

Thats right folks. It might just happen. While perusing (Catholic Drudge) last night I saw a link to a story indicating that the Traditional Anglican Union has formally petitioned "Rome" for "full, corporate, and sacramental unity".

From The Living Church Foundation article:

"With approximately 100 congregations in the U.S., the Anglican Church in America (ACA) is among the largest of several “Continuing Churches” which emerged from the Affirmation of St. Louis and the 1977 gathering of former Episcopalians and other Anglicans. The ACA is the American branch of TAC, a worldwide association of orthodox Anglican churches, working to maintain the catholic faith and resist the secularization of the Church. TAC claims more than 400,000 members on six continents. Neither TAC nor the ACA are among the Common Cause Partnership of Anglicans led by Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh."

Read the full article here.

We have to wonder where their Holy Orders stem from, or even if they are valid across the board. I guess it would be an easier transition if they were.

Here is the link to the website for the Anglican Church in America, which is part of the TAC. There are three parishes within driving distance of where I live so it actually could be significant. Plus we already have 1 Anglican Use parish here in the diocese as well. I wonder how that works.

According to a video about this subject on their website, the Bishops of the TAC have already been following the Pope and Catholic Church teaching for years to prepare for this. Thats pretty gutsy for Anglicans. But hey as far as I'm concerned, we'll take 'em!

BTW: I love their slogan. "The Anglican Church in America: We're formal, and we're friendly."

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