At least two Anglican women priests
have become Roman Catholics because they are fed up with being treated
like dirt in their own Church, according to Fr Michael Seed, the
Franciscan friar who is ecumenical adviser to Cardinal Murphy-OConnor.
Fr Seed a deeply inspiring priest who has received many Anglicans
into communion with Rome reveals this extraordinary detail in an
interview with the Independent, which has buried it away in a feature.
He received two women himself and has now told the Catholic Herald
that other female priests have come over to Rome as a result of
This treatment is explained:
Christina Rees of Women and the Church
says: Every woman who is ordained as a priest in the Church of England
knows in one sense there is still a question mark hanging over her
orders in a way which does not hang over the order of her male
Anglican orders for women are just as
valid as Anglican orders for men. So there is a strange but
unintentional equality within Anglican orders since for the most part
their male priests are not validly ordained in the first place.
There are exceptions since some Anglican
bishops have confused the issue by having Orthodox bishops with valid
orders participate in their ordinations, though of course this doesn’t
matter in the case of attempted ordination of women.
It is rather interesting that in this
environment of doubt that these women would decide to come into the
Catholic Church where there is no doubt on the issue except within
progressive elements who act as their own magisterium. I bet
though that progressives will see these conversions of Anglican
priestesses the same way Democrats seek black conservatives.