St John the Evangelist Church, Calgary, AB | Google Earth v. 6, Street ViewI blogged a short while ago about some Anglican bishops who bolted their church and converted to Catholicism over the matter of (gasp! horrors!) women being ordained as priests. I said, then, that this would be only the beginning, and that a flood of Anglicans fleeing their church over the relentless onslaught of modernity would follow. Well, the exodus continues, this time exhibited in this report by CBC News about a Calgary parish that’s changing to Roman Catholicism (WebCite cached article):

An Anglican church in Calgary is set to become the first in Canada to accept an offer from the Vatican to become Catholic.

The congregation at St. John the Evangelist — the only high Anglican church in the diocese — has felt increasingly isolated as the parent church slowly liberalized, accepting women as priests and blessing gay and lesbian unions.

As with the bishops who converted last week, the R.C. Church plans to accommodate its new parish’s customs:

Under the new orders, which have not yet been created, former Anglican parishes will be permitted to maintain their distinctive liturgical practices, and priests will still be allowed to marry.

Strangely enough, the church building and property will remain in the hands of the Anglican diocese of Calgary. I have to wonder how long that arrangement is going to last?

Photo credit: Google Earth 6 Street View of St John the Evangelist Church in Calgary, AB.

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