Irish Anglicans seek union with Catholics
Three Church of Ireland parishes have asked to be received into the Catholic Church - a move which could see more than 400,000 Anglicans become Catholics.
The Catholic News Agency reported that the parishes are members of the traditional rite of the Church of Ireland which emerged in 1991 after the House of Bishops of the Church of Ireland decided to start ordaining women.
Traditionalist Anglicans rejected this decision as a "defiance of both Scripture and Tradition."
While only a few hundred will directly affected if an agreement is reached, the decision could see the 400,000 members of the Traditional Anglican Communion join the Church.
According to a statement from the Traditional Anglican Communion, "the bishops and vicars-general unanimously agreed to the text of a letter to the See of Rome seeking full, corporate, sacramental union."
"The Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion has agreed that no member of the College will give interviews until the Holy See has considered the letter and responded," he said.
This petition for corporate communion is very rare, but there have been many individual conversions. Recently the wife of the Church of Ireland Bishop was received into the Church in a private ceremony.
Three Church of Ireland parishes seek to become Catholic, move could bring in 400,000 Anglicans (Catholic News Agency, 26/10/07)
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29 Oct 2007