DAILY CATHOLIC WEDNESDAY September 23, 1998 vol. 9, no. 186
NEWS & VIEWS
ANGLICAN OPPONENT OF WOMEN PRIESTS ANNOUNCES CATHOLIC CONVERSION
LONDON (CWNews.com) - One of the Church of England's most vehement opponents of women priests announced this week he will join the Catholic Church. Father Francis Bown, vicar of St. Stephen's Church in Hull, England, has claimed the Church of England is spiritually, morally, and intellectually bankrupt.
A leading campaigner against women priests, Father Bown hit the headlines four years ago when he paraded a coffin outside the church headquarters in London and performed the funeral rites of the Church of England while the General Synod voted to allow women priests. A notice outside his parish church in Hull reads: "This Anglican parish has no part in the apostasy of priestesses."
Father Bown, who has been a priest for 21 years, said he
felt sad to leave his parishioners, but the Church of
England was no longer a fit home for anyone who believed in
orthodox Christianity. "In contrast to the pathetic and
broken Church of England," he said, "the Catholic Church
speaks with the clear voice of authentic Christianity. I
now realize that the proper course for faithful Anglicans
is not to go on attempting to revive the corpse of the
Church of England, but to place themselves in communion
with the Holy See." Father Bown will officially leave his
parish on October 17 and plans to move to London.
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