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Leaving Catholicism for Anglicanism

Leaving Catholicism for Anglicanism

Catholic author and columnist Michael Coren found his way from the Catholic church for which he was a voice to the Anglican church, finding both harsh criticism and spiritual relief. He writes about his religious migration in the Anglican Journal:

While I never swayed from Catholic theology—and continue in my adherence—I began to question, then doubt, then reject Roman Catholic teaching on papal supremacy, authority, contraception and especially homosexuality and equal marriage. On the latter, I simply could no longer glue myself to a church that described gay relationships as sinful and disordered and caused so much pain to so many good, innocent people.

It was rather like a ball of theological wool unravelling. As soon as it began, it was difficult to stop it. The glorious irony of all this is that as my questioning of Roman Catholic teaching developed, so did my faith and my love of God. It wasn’t lack of belief that drove me from Rome but the very opposite.

After Coren was received at St. James Anglican Cathedral, he described the response from the Catholic world as an “inferno”:

In the space of one week, I lost three regular columns and 13 speeches. No matter. What did matter were the attacks on my children, the fact that people trolled their Facebook pages and alleged that they were gay—irrelevant to me and to them, but the attacks were intended to hurt. It was written that I was a thief, an adulterer, a liar and was mentally ill.

He doesn’t regret leaving.

Within Anglican Catholic orthodoxy, I could pursue socially liberal ideas; within a church of mingling theologies, I could be respected as a Catholic and respect those with different ideas and call them brothers and sisters; within Anglicanism, I could reach out in Christ’s beauty to all people, irrespective of sexuality or religion, and love everything about them.


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Lizette Larson-Miller

I have also made this horizontal move from one catholic ecclesial group to another – and it came with a high price, the loss of standing and position as a professor. I hope for all of us who have written along these lines (and for all others) that we find the part of the body of Christ that feeds us so that we can be Christ for the world. It is also good to remember that there is no perfect church, these days that is particularly true of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion…

Josephine DiCalogero

I give Michael Coren my welcome into the Anglican Church as was done almost forty years ago by the Editor-in Chief of Commonweal, the American Roman Catholic magazine. That editor, my apologies but the name of the editor escapes me, wrote, a very influential book for my husband and me, called “The Road to Canterbury” that told his journey from the Roman Catholic Church to the Episcopal Church. He, too, was vilified by the Roman church. My husband, Bob, and I left the Roman Catholic Church to join the Episcopal Church for the very same reason that Mr. Coren gives.

Christopher Johnson

Despite all the historical and rhetorical contortions that “Anglo-Catholics” have to try to pull off in order to justify their indefensible position, Anglicanism is Protestant.

Deal with it.

JC Fisher

Anglicanism is the “Via Media” between (and incorporating truths from both) Catholicism and Protestantism. Deal with it.

Rod Gillis

Thanks J.C. and the Anglo-Catholics said, Amen!

The Revd. Canon K. F. King

It occurred to me recently that perhaps the better use would be Anglo-American Catholic. Just thinking.

Mark Friesland

Thank you for bringing your many gifts to the Anglican/Episcopal Church. We have a former Roman Catholic Deacon in our parish. He was received into the Anglican/Episcopal Church and we love him!

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