Maryland Catholic clergy offer early praise for Vatican announcement

Posted by Kendall Harmon

When the Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, bishop of Maryland, visited St. James Episcopal Church in Mount Airy on Sunday, the questions from the congregation concerned the Vatican's recent announcement making it easier for Anglicans to convert to Roman Catholicism.

"That was the one thing people wanted to know," said the Rev. Portia Hirschman, rector at St. James.

"How is this going to affect us, how is this going to affect the Episcopal Church? The more interesting question, I think, is how is this going to affect the Roman Catholic Church."

While local Catholic and Episcopal clergy said they did not know how the announcement by the Vatican would affect either the Roman Catholic Church or the Anglican Communion, Catholic clergy embraced the news.

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