Jeffrey Steel, an Anglican clergyman in Durham announces on his blog his intention to leave the C of E and become a Catholic.
It is often difficult for those of us in the Church to understand the difficulties of those considering swimming the Tiber, it is not just the loss of security for themselves and their families.
For one Anglican clergyman I know who considers his orders valid, and they most probably are, he prides himself on the impeccability of the catholicism of the liturgies he celebrates are , he uses both Roman Rites. He recognises the authority of the Pope, he lives a celibate life etc etc. He sees around him Catholic clergy, including bishops, whose praxis in many ways is not within the Catholic tradition and whose theology is somewhat dubious.
In many ways his situation is similar to the SSPX, he considers himself more Catholic than the Pope, the problem is the Pope doesn't recognise him as being in "full"communion with him, but he like the SSPX sees a "pure" Church that exists over and above the messy Catholic Church that exist in reality, and always has.
Pray for the unity of the Church.
I am writing to make the announcement that I am becoming a Roman Catholic along with my wife Rhea and our six children. I realise that this decision is going to make some really happy, some very sad and others possibly angry. But, I have made the decision with the deepest sense of integrity and by conscience. I would like to share a bit of my faith journey though there are many gaps here, it is descriptive of my heart over the past few months. This is not particularly an academic account of what I have done in my studies but rather the spiritual wrestling that went on within me. The announcement was made this morning in all three parishes where I serve and is now a matter of public knowledge. My duties and licence in the parish end on 14 June 2009 (Corpus Christi Sunday) and my reception into Holy Mother Church is forthcoming.