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Confronted by the heightened expectations, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, did his best to inject a certain dignity and calm into proceedings.
The Hidden World soars to top of U. The Roman Catholic Church is to allow married Anglican converts to become priests in a radical concession to tempt them to defect. An error has occurred. Bishop of Fulham the Right Reverend John Broadhurst said the offer from Rome was 'extremely impressive' and added that those who choose to accept 'have a valid claim on our own heritage in history.
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The decision to allow Anglican converts to keep their tradition of married priests is a break with rules that have applied in western Catholic churches for nearly 900 years. If many in the cathedral were puzzled, for the families of the three convert bishops in the front row there was at least clarity.
No one would begrudge the pope extending a helping hand to men in the midst of a crisis of faith over the actions of their church. Duchess of Sussex stuns in a blue Carolina Herrera gown as she joins her husband... The new dispensation would for the first time allow in groups of married priests.
The rule survived the Reformation in the 1500s, when breakaway protestant groups including the Church of England said ministers should marry. Ariana Grande dethrones Selena Gomez as the most followed woman on Instagram with a whopping 146M followers Mother of British soldier forgives 'broken' best friend who shot her 22-year-old son dead while 'playing... While married men can become priests in the Eastern Orthodox church, it does not allow priests to marry.
For one thing the annual stipend paid to celibate parish priests would not, the all-male hierarchy calculated with its Forties mindset, cover the expenses of 'running a wife'.
Married Anglican vicars have been able to convert and join the Rome priesthood since the 1950s, but this is the first time that married non-vicars have been allowed to become priests. They follow the announcement last month of an 'Apostolic Constitution' designed to allow tens of thousands of disaffected Anglicans to return to Rome and yet keep their own priests, parishes and traditions.
It has been operated in Eastern Europe where some Orthodox churches have switched loyalty to Rome but have kept their traditions of married priests.
The Vatican was at pains to insist that it does not mean a break with the celibacy for clergy nor the first step towards a married priesthood. Tuesday, Feb 26th 2019 5-Day Forecast.