Anita Henderson has a new dress. Her husband, a bishop in the Church of Ireland, thinks it suits her nicely. His friend, the Catholic Bishop of Killala, agrees.
Oh wait. It's not Mrs. Henderson's dress that the two bishops are talking about. When they delicately observe that some things are "especially suited to some, but not to others," they're referring to her new religion. She has embraced the Catholic faith-- which teaches, among other things, that her husband's episcopal orders are invalid.
Somewhere in this mix you'd like to think that someone-- the Catholic bishop, the Anglican bishop, or the new Catholic convert-- believes that a change in religious affiliation involves questions more fundamental and important than whether one is "suited" to a particular "tradition." I don't know the individuals involved, but I'd hazard a guess that dinner-table conversations in the Henderson household recently have been more interesting than the joint statement released by the two bishops after Anita Henderson joined the Catholic fold.
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Oct. 16, 2007 7:47 AM ET USA
The diocese of Killala had one vocation to the priesthood in 2003 and one in 2004. None since then. I wonder why?
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Oct. 15, 2007 4:30 PM ET USA
Perhaps in their household a black thing may be white at the same time and in the same respect, i.e., the principle of non-contradiction is totally suspended and the Bishop of Rome is both the Universal Pastor of the faithful and NOT said Universal Pastor.