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PBS reports on Anglican-ordinariate parish in Maryland

August 07, 2012

The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) reports on St. Luke’s parish in Bladensburg, Maryland: an Anglican community that has entered the Catholic Church through the new US ordinariate.

Rev. Ian Markham, the dean of Virginia Theological Seminary, says that Anglicans today may see the Catholic Church as a threat “because we’ve lost the sense of our theological understanding and identity.”

Some Anglicans resent the Catholic outreach under the provisions of Anglicanorum Coetibus, charging that the Vatican has encouraged “sheep-stealing.” Anne Marie Whittaker, an Anglican who is preparing for her reception into the Catholic Church, has a strong response:

Let me tell you something about sheep stealing. You cannot steal sheep if the shepherd is doing his job, and that’s the bottom line. If the shepherd is doing his job, the flock will stay.


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  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Aug. 07, 2012 5:33 PM ET USA

    I'm glad to see Anglicans becoming Catholics and keeping the best of their own traditions while entering into the only ark of salvation and being granted a true priesthood with true sacraments. What the sentimental crowd that laments "sheep stealing" doesn't understand is that those Anglicans outside the Ordinariate have no valid Holy Orders which means there are no valid confessions and no real presence in their Eucharist. Thta means there is no Real Presence and no Absolution for sins.