Anglicans who are considering becoming Catholics in the wake of the General Synod's vote on women bishops will be familiar with horror stories. They will have heard all about the cool response others received from some English Catholic bishops and lay people. But they may not be aware of another story, which has even gone unnoticed by many Catholics. This is the story of the rise of ex-Anglicans within the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
The rapid ascension of former Anglicans to positions of influence was underlined by the recent appointment of Canon Christopher Tuckwell as Administrator of Westminster Cathedral. Canon Tuckwell was once a vicar and is now in charge of the mother church of Catholics in England and Wales.
I am constantly surprised to discover that people I had long considered cradle Catholics are in fact converts. It is perhaps like the feeling Jews have when they read the (possibly apocryphal) book Him Too? [itals], and discover that a host of apparently gentile celebrities belong to the Chosen People.
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Sunday, July 13, 2008
Luke Coppen writes at the Catholic Herald: