Catholic Review—Baltimore Episcopal parish votes to enter Catholic faith

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Mount Calvary Church, a small Episcopal parish in Baltimore, voted Oct. 24 to leave the Episcopal community and become an Anglican-use parish within the Roman Catholic Church. The 168-year-old church became the first Episcopal parish in Maryland to vote to sever ties with the Episcopal Church.

Of the 45 eligible voters, 28 were present for the meeting – casting ballots on a resolution to separate from the Episcopal Church and another to become an Anglican-use parish. The first resolution passed with 24 votes in favor, two against and two abstentions. The second resolution also passed, with 24 votes in favor, three against and one abstention.

“I don’t agree with a lot of what is happening in the Episcopal Church with their practices and the way their doctrine is,” said 27-year-old Abigail Davis, a parishioner who voted in favor of both resolutions. Like many other parishioners, Davis was particularly troubled by the Episcopal Church’s ordination of women and what she considers its acceptance of homosexuality.

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Posted October 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Tegularius wrote:

45 adult communicants.  How long before the Archdiocese consolidates Mount Calvary with another parish?

October 26, 8:55 pm | [comment link]
2. deaconmark wrote:

...and they think the Roman’s don’t allow homosexual priests or bishops.  Good luck to them.

October 26, 9:18 pm | [comment link]
3. Crypto Papist wrote:

Many in Baltimore (as elsewhere) are hungry for what Mt Calvary can offer. And no one imagines that the clergy will be perfect, only that they will strive to live lives of chastity, amongst other virtues.

October 27, 12:22 am | [comment link]
4. Chris Molter wrote:

#2, I dont think they labor under the illusion that there aren’t still quite a few in Roman ranks.  However, to compare the situation between TEC and the Catholic Church in the US is.. well.. pretty silly.

October 27, 9:10 am | [comment link]
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