US ELCA Lutherans to be included in Anglican Ordinariate?

Strange but true. Well, the rumour is true, anyway.

According to Rocco Palmo:

And elsewhere, another consideration unique to the States has been rumored about — namely, given the Episcopal Church’s 2001 covenant with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America which joined the two denominations in full communion, that American Lutherans wishing to be received as Catholics could be grandfathered into the set-up’s Stateside incarnation.

About Schütz

I am Catholic, married to Cathy, father of Maddy & Mia. Since 2002, I have been the Executive Officer of the Ecumenical & Interfaith Commission of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. I was once a Lutheran pastor, but a "year of grace" and soul-searching led me into the Catholic Church. It was a bumpy ride, but with the support of my (still Lutheran) wife, I was finally confirmed on June 16, 2003.
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3 Responses to US ELCA Lutherans to be included in Anglican Ordinariate?

  1. William Tighe says:

    And if the ELCA Lutherans, why not other interested Lutherans as well?

  2. John Beeler says:

    Sure; why not?

    I’ve heard of married former Lutheran and Methodist pastors being dispensed from celibacy, like former Anglican priests, to be ordained Catholic priests (I think the first such was an ex-Lutheran, a Fr Beck, an American, in the ’60s… I think he went to Germany to do it).

    But my impression is ELCA is a bigger, more ethnic (German and Nordic), more geographically concentrated version (America’s upper Midwest where all the Swedish immigrants settled, giving Minnesota its accent) of the Episcopalians: sort of high-church liberal Protestants. So I imagine there’s not much interest among them in the ordinariate. Their relative conservatives are doing what recent ex-Episcopalians are: forming small, slightly less liberal Protestant denominations (women pastors but no gay weddings) rather than look into Catholicism. Which may be just as well because Catholicism is about an infallible church and not the surface issues of sex and the sexes. The surface differences are because of that big difference. Catholics can’t change the church by convention vote. If you’re not ready for an infallible church; don’t convert. It’s a big change from Lutherans’ seemingly weak ecclesiology. Run towards rather than away from something as they say.

    There are Catholic-minded Missouri Synod pastors’ blogs I like: incarnatus est, Father Hollywood, Gottesdienst.

    There’s a small high-church Lutheran group in the US, sort of their version of Continuers, who’ve said they want in. I don’t know if Rome has answered.

  3. Conchúr says:

    There’s a small high-church Lutheran group in the US, sort of their version of Continuers, who’ve said they want in. I don’t know if Rome has answered.

    The ALCC, and Rome has answered:

    http://www.theanglocatholic.com/2011/02/our-family-is-growing/

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