Episcopal church in Bladensburg to convert to Roman Catholic to Prevent Openly Gay Clergy
Yet more in the religious schisms over gay clergy - many fundamentalist churches are converting en masse rather than countenance a gay minister/pastor/priest delivering scripture in their church.
An Episcopal church in Bladensburg has decided to become the first in the country to convert to Roman Catholicism under new Vatican rules, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington announced Monday.
St. Luke’s, a small, tightknit congregation founded in 1895, had been thinking about becoming Roman Catholic since 2009. Last year, in the wake of a remarkable bid by the Vatican to reach out to disaffected Anglicans, it made an overture to the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.
The church has more than 100 members and a tradition dating back to the turbulent Anglican separation from the Roman Catholic church during the 16th-century Protestant Reformation. The U.S. Episcopal Church is the American wing of Anglicanism.