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Philly traditionalists eager to accept Rome’s invitation

October 25, 2009

I can just imagine the scramble among national religion writers to find a parish or group that planned to take the Vatican up on its offer to Anglicans. Well, in time for the Sunday paper, the NYT’s talented Laurie Goodstein found an overjoyed Philly congregation.

“We’d been praying for this daily for two years,” said Bishop David L. Moyer, who leads the Church of the Good Shepherd, a parish in the Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia that is battling to keep its historic property. “When I heard the news I was speechless, then the joy came and the tears.”

This parish could be one of the first in the United States to convert en masse after the Vatican completes plans for a new structure to allow Anglicans to become Catholic while retaining many of their spiritual traditions, like the Book of Common Prayer and married priests.

It’s worth noting, though, that this church had already all but severed ties with ECUSA. The bishop isn’t an Episcopal bishop. He was made a bishop in the Traditional Anglican Communion. And I’m still confused as to where this leaves the property issue. The Episcopal diocese owns the church property, yes? So what happens here?

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