About – to Rome and Return

This blog is very much ad experimentum, and is likely to remain so. I expect a few relaunches and title changes before I settle on a permanent format. The title Vivarium comes from the monastery fo…

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One of my recent blog readers, Ian (not Ian Paul) gives an interesting account of his movement from Anglicanism at the time of its early conflict about women priests. As a self-confessed gay person, Ian felt that this was an issue important enough – at that time – for him to ‘cross the Tiber’ (meaning to move from Canterbury to Rome).

However, he has since reflected on the consequences of his move; I believe, because he sees the confluence of sexism and homophobia that, sadly, is still evident in Roman Catholicism, and has returned to his Anglo-Catholic roots in the Church of England.

Despite the uncertainty that he discerns is still present in the Church of England on matters pertaining to its acceptance of Gay people, he feels that things are moving in that direction, more positively than in Rome; while at the same time realising the need to have women clergy in the Church. I look forward to Ian’s further revelations on his blog ‘Vivarium’ of his feelings at returning to what was once his Alma Mater.

Father Ron Smith


About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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