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Former Episcopalian Bishop Pope, twice a convert, dead at 81

January 10, 2012

Clarence Pope, a former Episcopalian bishop who converted to Catholicism, died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on January 9 at the age of 81 after a long illness.

After retiring in 1994 from his post as Episcopal bishop of Fort Worth, Texas, Pope entered the Catholic Church. But when he found that he could not be ordained as a Catholic priest, he reconsidered and returned to the Anglican communion the next year.

In 2007, Pope was again received back into the Catholic Church. He explained that his original return to the Episcopal Church was the result of clouded thinking, which he attributed partially to medication he was taking at the time.


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