Surprisingly calm, respectful ENS piece as MD Episcopalians leave for Ordinariate
Stand Firm reader “Dr. N” sent along the link to this story.
Following several months of prayerful discernment, the majority of members of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Catonsville, Maryland, have decided to enter the Catholic Church as part of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
I had to look several times to be sure I was reading ENS.
Sure, there are the usual TEC talking points about “buildings held in trust” and “TEC has 2.4 million members.” But those are tucked in among
+ A link to the Ordinariate’s website
+ A summary of other TEC MD churches that have departed to Rome.
+ The fact that over 80% of the congregation voted to leave TEC.
+ A gracious statement from Diocese of Maryland’s Canon to the Ordinary,
“This has been a thoughtful, prayerful and respectful process. While the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland is saddened when any of its members leaves one of its parishes, we rejoice that several members of St. Timothy’s have found a new spiritual home and we wish God’s blessing on them.”
+ The comparative numbers for the RCC (not flattering to TEC, even using its inflated “membership” claim),
The Catholic Church includes 77 million people in the United States and 1.2 billion people worldwide.
+ A clean, sober paragraph explaining the Ordinariate, with a link to Pope Benedict’s Anglicanorum coetibus.
+ And this nugget,
The parish property, 200 Ingleside Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228, is held in trust for the Episcopal diocese. The new Catholic community will identify its new home immediately after Easter. In the meantime, two worship services will be held on Sundays: 9 a.m. for those who wish to remain in the Episcopal Church and 10:30 a.m. for those entering the Ordinariate.
Gracious separation. Imagine that. I guess when the property isn’t contested, it’s possible. Or maybe it’s the fact that folks going to Rome aren’t perceived as competition for the Anglican franchise in the U.S.
Whatever the case, I’m pleasantly surprised by this decent bit of reporting by ENS, eschewing the Presiding Bishop’s spite and melodrama.
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