Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ft Worth Approach to Rome Reported

UPDATE: Chad Bates from Remain Faithful is distributing this statement by Bishop Iker. Bates says that "there are those within our Church who are trying to divide us unneccesarily based on mistruths being distributed to the press. Please share this with any you believe need to see it." In the statement Bishop Iker says:
Their discussion with Bishop Vann has no bearing upon matters coming before our Diocesan Convention in November, where a second vote will be taken on constitutional changes concerning our relationship with the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. There is no proposal under consideration, either publicly or privately, for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth to become part of the Roman Catholic Church. Our only plan of action remains as it has been for the past year, as affirmed by our Diocesan Convention in November 2007. The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth intends to realign with an orthodox Province as a constituent member of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Not sure what to make of this. Priests in the Episcopal Diocese of Ft Worth have met with Bishop Vann, the leader of the Fort Worth Catholic diocese to "request that the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth provide the guidance necessary so that we might "make a proposal" that would lead our Diocese into full communion with the See of Peter. Katie Sherrod has posted a report of the meeting and a link to an article in today's Dallas Morning News which appears to confirm it:
The Rev. William Crary, senior rector of the Fort Worth diocese, confirmed that on June 16 he and three other priests met with Bishop Vann, leader of the Fort Worth Catholic diocese, and presented him a document that is highly critical of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

The document states that the overwhelming majority of Episcopal clergy in the Fort Worth diocese favor pursuing an "active plan" to bring the diocese into full communion with the Catholic Church.

While declining to specify what that might mean, Mr. Crary said it likely would not mean "absorption" by the Catholic Church.

He cast the initiative as following Anglican and Catholic leaders in longstanding efforts to bring the two groups into greater cooperation, with the ultimate goal of honoring Jesus' call in John 17:21 for Christian unity.

H/T to comment by diane with a small d at the MCJ

1 comment:

The Underground Pewster said...

In my prayer book it reads,

"We believe in one holy catholic (little 'c') and apostolic (little 'a') Church (big 'C')."

And not "one holy Catholic...Church."

I wonder how the original manuscript read, or did they have capital letters back then?

Communion is something that all Christians pledge to believe in each time they recite the Nicene Creed, but history demonstrates it is easier to split than to unite.