Very interesting news yesterday with the Vatican's announcement apparently clearing the way for entire Anglican communities to come into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. This is quite interesting on a number of levels. First is the news that the Anglicans coming in will do so "while preserving elements of the distinctive Anglican spiritual and liturgical patrimony." I am looking forward to reading Pope Benedict's Constitution when it is released to more clearly understand this.
While I pray, as the Lord directed, for Christian unity, there are some troubling aspects to this announcement. Most, if not all, of the Anglican communities that would consider entering into full communion are marked by a sense of disenfranchisement over such issues as women's ordination, the ordination of gay clergy, among others. These are issues that are discussed in Roman Catholic circles today—although we are expressly forbidden to do so, particularly with regard to women's ordination. In an earlier post, found here, I shared my own experience of having had a former Anglican priest (then ordained a Roman Catholic priest) at one of the parishes at which I ministered. This new directive will open the door to more married Roman Catholic clergy, which is bound to open the discussion about married priests again and again. I wonder if the Vatican is concerned about the future implications of this decision. My mind is racing when I think about all of this. I'll look forward to watching this all unfold over the next days, weeks, and months.
Also, be sure to watch CNN tonight. One of WLP's recording artists, Noelle Garcia, will be featured as part of Soledad O'Brien's "Latino in America" special, airing tonight at 9:oo P.M. ET. I was present for the interview between Soledad and Noelle. Noelle's is a very compelling story. Here's a press release about the event.
Meanwhile, we are plugging along here at WLP, planning for future conferences and conventions, reviewing new music submissions, and working on our day-to-day tasks to bring the best resources to the singing and praying Church. I hope that you will visit our web site soon to discover what treasures we have available for you.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.