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Former rector of nation’s largest
Episcopal church becomes a Catholic

Religion News Service, by Greg Garrison

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Posted By:mitzi, 12/1/2012 3:33:48 PM

Birmingham, Ala. — The former rector of the nation’s largest Episcopal church has become a Roman Catholic. The Rev. Larry Gipson was dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham from 1982-94 and rector at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, where his parishioners included former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, from 1994-2008. Last month, Gipson was accepted as a Catholic into the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a structure set up by Pope Benedict XVI to accept former Anglicans into the Catholic Church. “The nature of authority

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Reply 1 - Posted by: KTWO, 12/1/2012 4:40:35 PM     (No. 9043406)

Well written.

Further down Gibson indicates why. The Episcopal Church has no firm principles. Everything is negotiable.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Reilly, 12/1/2012 4:51:52 PM     (No. 9043419)


Coming home.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: dcomd, 12/1/2012 5:47:12 PM     (No. 9043477)

#2, episcopals´ support sodomite Bishops; runs totally contrary to the new testament definition of what a ´Bishop´ should be.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dr.lakerman, 12/1/2012 6:31:46 PM     (No. 9043526)

As I understand it, if an episcopal priest disagrees with his denomination on the issue of abortion, that priest, even if married, may be ordained a roman catholic priest. But if his wife dies, he may not remarry and remain a roman catholic priest.

This new procedure appears to be an expansion of the previous procedure. And if enough married episcopal priests become roman catholic priests, the pope and college of cardinals may come to realize that married priests are OK. That could lead to ordination of priests who are allowed to be married, without going through the episcopal faith first.
Sounds ok to me.
(disclosure - I am a remarried former catholic, now a lutheran, and taught for two years at a catholic university. And the priests there were dreadfully lonely and isolated. So my view of married priests is influenced by my friendships with some of those priests.)

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Reply 5 - Posted by: neanderthal, 12/1/2012 7:00:24 PM     (No. 9043551)

Priests in the One Holy and Apostolic Church, the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church (before the 13th century) all had/have married priests and it all worked well except for the nepotism that became rampant in the RCC that had to be corrected.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/1/2012 7:25:54 PM     (No. 9043580)

#5, I have seen more married deacons than priests at religious ceremonies I have attended. Where are the priests--are there not enough anymore?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jlw509, 12/1/2012 9:22:07 PM     (No. 9043685)

I admire Rev. Gipson because he shows great love and and respect for the Anglican Church even as he is being received into Catholicism. Graciousness is certainly a gift from God. Welcome home, Fr. Larry.

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