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HOLLYWOOD, CA: St. Mary's Votes to Join Anglican Ordinariate

HOLLYWOOD, CA: St. Mary's Votes to Join Anglican Ordinariate

From Fr. Chrstopeher Kelley
May 5, 2011

After much discussion, discernment, and study, the Parish of Saint Mary of the Angels has voted to enter the Anglican Ordinariate of the United States as soon as it is formed by the Catholic Church. 81% of the voting parish membership decided in favor of joining the historic Ordinariate instituted by Pope Benedict XVI at the special parish meeting on May 1st. The Ordinariate has been formed in the United Kingdom but has yet to be officially formed in the United States.

Fr. Kelley announcing a Parish Forum and Parish Vote on the Anglican Ordinariate Proposal. 81% agreed to accept the Pope's offer.

Before I came to this Parish, the matter of the larger visible unity of Christ's Church was layed before the Anglican Church in America, and the world-wide Traditional Anglican Communion. Indeed, it is our Lord's prayer that the unity of His Church be such as to make the world believe that He is the Messiah. Such unity, after centuries of fractures and divisions, could not come about without humble acts of reconciliation; but these can only be effective if done in obedience to Christ.

Since all the TAC bishops signed a letter of petition to Rome in October, 2007, movement has been slow and steady. In October 2009, Pope Benedict issued an Apostolic Constitution, inviting Anglicans to keep their heritage of worship, which he treasures, in full Communion with the See of Peter.

Not everyone sees this matter in the same light. But as Christians, we are called to conduct ourselves in charity and love. We are to proceed with prayer, seeking God's Will, not our own. We seek clarity from the Holy Spirit, which Jesus promised to us.

On Passion Sunday, April 10, I have invited Fr William Bower, well known to this parish, to visit, and to speak at a Parish Forum after the Solemn Mass. I invite parishioners with all views also to speak, in an orderly and charitable atmosphere of mutual respect and forbearance.

Listening to your Vestry, I have accepted their deliberations, and settled with them on Sunday, May 1, the Octave of Easter, as the date for a formal parish vote on this matter. As this vote is a matter of individual conscience, no proxy voting will be permitted. However, provision will be made for absentees, so that the mind of the parish may be discerned.

In Christ, Fr. Christopher Kelley, Rector
Saint Mary of the Angels Church
Hollywood, CA.

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