My friend The Rev. Bryan Owen notes this ad running in the latest issue of Episcopal Life:
THE ANGLICAN USE SOCIETY in America in communion with the Holy See of Rome offers to Clergy, Religious and Laity of the Anglican Tradition an information booklet explaining THE PASTORAL PROVISION, the canonical instrument that has made possible their reconciliation with the Holy See as units of common identity which preserve their Anglican heritage of liturgy, hymnody and spirituality.
In other words, an official publication of the Episcopal Church includes an advertisement from an official Roman Catholic organization that invites Episcopal congregations to leave the Episcopal Church and become Roman Catholic. As part of the package, the Episcopal priests of those congregations will be ordained as Roman Catholic priests, even if they are married. Those congregations and clergy will also be allowed to “retain certain liturgical elements proper to the Anglican tradition.”
Episcopal Life is running this ad while our Presiding Bishop is deposing Episcopal bishops for their schismatic actions.
Hypocrisy?!?!? At 815?!?!? Hey Bryan - we’re as shocked as you are!