A Statement from the Bishop of Chichester, the Right Revd. John Hind

Posted by Kendall Harmon

In the light of that I stated that in the event of union with the Roman Catholic Church I would be willing to receive re-ordination into the Roman Catholic priesthood but that I would not be willing to deny the priesthood I have exercised hitherto.

This is clearly a contentious and complex issue and one where it is easy to misunderstand the nuances of the debate. I think I made my position clear in my address at the Forward in Faith assembly. The text is available below and a podcast may be found on the Forward in Faith website.

Read it all.

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Posted October 27, 2009 at 9:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. frreed wrote:

A sane, godly, reflection on the situation at hand.  He places his heart on the call for unity in the Body of Christ.  Oh that ++ Rowan would choose the same course, or step aside and open the door for the Holy Spirit to move +Hind to a place where the Anglican Communion might honestly move toward greater unity.

If nothing else, Benedict XVI has extended a hand.  Pray that there will be some with the courage to reach out in return.  Not to be absorbed, rather to be made one.

October 27, 3:47 pm | [comment link]
2. badman wrote:

Either your orders are valid or they are not.  You cannot both assert the validity of your orders and accept re-ordination, which supposes invalidity.

October 28, 6:57 am | [comment link]
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