Last year, five Anglican Catholic Church of Canada priests received letters from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that they would be ineligible for holy orders in the Catholic Church because they had left the Catholic Church as adults. They were "in delict of schism."
So, I found this information in a story about Fr. Edward Meeks who was ordained a Catholic priest for the Ordinariate this weekend interesting:
In January, Meeks was given the green light to head to St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston for a weekend retreat then came home for 13 weeks of training “to kind of round out our catholic theology to address those issues of Catholic formation that might be lacking,” he said.
Meeks was raised Catholic, but left the church in the 1970s, a period he called “a time of great conflict and turmoil in the church.” About a third of his congregation, he said, was also raised Catholic.
“I wrongly concluded that the church was starting to lose its way. I realize now that’s impossible,” he said. “The holy spirit is always in the church.”
This is wonderful news and I congratulate Fr. Meeks and his congregation.
But why did the five ACCC priests get turned down with a "Do not pass Go!"?
Where is the consistency? I do not think this is fair. At all.
I hope there will be some mode of appeal for Anglican priests who may have left the Catholic Church as adults because, well, maybe their bishop was embracing Liberation Theology or some other post-Vatican II fad that might have made souls hungry for Jesus wonder if He was still in the building since no one seemed to genuflect or treat the Blessed Sacrament with reverence any more.
Who will be an advocate for the "rejects"?