The Pontificator will now be under the Pontiff.
Al Kimel, a Episcopal priest posted.
Last night I tendered my resignation to the Vestry of St. Mark’s Church, effective July 1st. It is my intention to renounce my orders as an Episcopal priest and to enter, for the sake of my salvation, into full communion with the Catholic Church. I freely affirm the Catholic Church to be the one true fold of Jesus Christ. It is also my intention to avail myself of the Pastoral Provision and to apply for ordination to the Catholic priesthood.
Dr. Philip Blosser has some good advice for him.
Dave Armstrong also weighs in with some thoughts about the Pontifications statement and has a post well worth reading.
Glory be to God. May he be the first from many!
I hope to call you FATHER Kimel soon!! God bless you.
Just wondering – has anyone done a meaningful study of folks leaving other churches to enter the Catholic Church? For example, numbers, faith of origin, and rationale. Seems like such data could tell a story, much more so than that of people leaving. When someone swims against the current like that, you can presume some exceptional motivation at play (as opposed to – for example – someone resenting the Church because her parents objected to her idea that she should have a live-in lover at 14, as one aging pop diva reported in Rolling Stone some decades back).
In my RCIA a couple of years ago I noticed that the majority of the class were converting for marriage and family reasons alone. I would think that is true of MOST RCIA classes and it reflects what I have heard from RCIA teachers around the web. That said, I think the percentage of those converting because Catholicism IS TRUE is increasing. IMHO this is a cleansing process. The Holy Spirit is bringing the orthodox in and driving the heterodox out, or at least driving them to whimpering in a fetal ball over in the corner about “the spirit of Vatican II” being reversed.
Wonderful story! Welcome aboard Al. You have just moved towards boarding St. John Bosco’s ship as it heads into port. May Mary be at your side , and the Eucharist your life. Blessings to you Al.
Murel, Monday nights on EWTN Marcus Grodi’s “The Journey Home” interviews ministers from other faiths who have converted to Catholicism. I know he runs a ministry for pastors and ministers who are going through the process and is helpful to them for their particular circumstance. I believe he has a web site and maybe you can find some data.