The Anglican vicars, father and son, who became Roman Catholic priests

Posted by Kendall Harmon

In what is believed to be a "first" in the modern era, two former Anglican priests, father and son, have become Roman Catholics and are now both serving as Catholic priests in the UK.

And in a further ecclesiastical twist, Father Dominic Cosslett, 36, and his father, Father Ron Cosslett, 70, are both serving in the same archdiocese under the leadership of Archbishop Vincent Nichols in Birmingham, the favourite to succeed Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor as Archbishop of Westminster when he steps down early next year.

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Posted December 30, 2008 at 7:46 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Jeremy Bonner wrote:

Becoming a Catholic is not so much about being dissatisfied with being an Anglican as about having a positive engagement with the Catholic Church. I am very grateful for my Anglican days. But I realised there is something else in the Catholic Church. That is very much what lay behind my decision. 

Amen to that. It should be a call not a reaction against where you are currently.

December 30, 12:20 pm | [comment link]
2. Franz wrote:


You are correct, except that I would also add that changes where we are might prompt further assessment of where we ought to be.  There is no question that the ongoing changes in (P)ECUSA have prompted to me to assess what is really central to Christian belief and practice.  As I wrestle with what it would mean to enter into full communion with Rome, I have to recognize that my increasing discomfort with (P)ECUSA (where I have been most of my life) has prompted this reflection.  Some would call that a reaction against where I am.  And perhaps it is, in a sense.  But the more I explore it, if feels less like a mere reaction, and more like a new vista.

December 30, 1:54 pm | [comment link]
3. Ad Orientem wrote:

Many years to Father and (Father) son!!!

Under the mercy,

An Orthodox Christian

December 30, 6:31 pm | [comment link]
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