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Sunday, 8 November 2009

Letter to the Editor

Part of a letter, from a formerly Anglican priest, that ran in the N Y Times last week:
[The Time] describes Anglicans attracted to Rome as being against women’s and homosexual ordinations.

But this does not describe the real motivation for why priests like me reconcile with the Roman Catholic Church.

The main issue is the fact that the Anglican Church has no consistent doctrinal authority and often acts independently from the historical positions of the universal church.

In light of this, the ordination of women and practicing homosexuals is merely symptomatic of much more fundamental problems
It is so easy to caricature positions with which one disagrees by pretending that the straw that broke the camel's back was the entire load, and sound bite journalism will always go for the glib half-truth.
Nice to have someone who actually made the jump testify to the reasons driving the decision, (even if they aren't the sexy ones the paper wanted to use as the peg on which to hang their story.)

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