There is a lot I don't understand about the goings-on in the Anglican church right now. The argument about the validity of women bishops, as I understand it, leaves a group of people who I keep reading being called Anglo-Catholics, feeling they are no longer a part of the Anglican church, because their 'beliefs' are undermined with the decision to allow legislation that will eventually allow the ordination of women bishops.
I may have got that wrong, as I said, in my ignorance there is a lot I do not understand about this whole subject.
I have read that some bishops want to move 'en masse' to the Catholic Church, and want to bring with them *their* churches and *their* congregations, too. This leads me to much of my confusion.
If these people (how can I call them, as a group name?) want to join the Catholic Church, why is it now that they are looking to move over? The women bishop thing in the Anglican church hasn't made any changes to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Why come to the Church now? I mean, do 'these people' (I'm still struggling to give the group a name) fully believe and accept everything that the Catholic Church teaches? If they do then why are they not already members of the Church? If they do not, which would explain why they are not members of the Catholic Church, why are they looking to move in?
Surely, any convert to the Faith has to go through the process of RCIA? Any convert who is living in a situation contrary to Church teaching is going to have to get that resolved before they can fully participate at Mass. I'm thinking people who may have divorced and re-married, for example.
There is a lot I need to learn, and a lot I need to understand. In the meantime I will continue to pray for those who have yet to find their way to the Church, and I will continue to pray that those who do find their way to the Church will do it for the right reasons.