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Anglican priests tell parishes they are taking path to Rome

By on Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Two traditionalist Anglican clerics have announced they are to be received into the Catholic Church.

Giles Pinnock, the vicar of St Mary-the-Virgin in Kenton, north London, told parishioners on Saturday that he was leaving the Church of England for the Catholic Church, while Robin Farrow told parishioners at St Peter’s in West Blatchington, East Sussex, in his Sunday homily that he was converting to Catholicism.

Fr Pinnock said: “The particular decision to leave this parish has been harder than the joyful decision to be received into the Catholic Church – although the two are of necessity connected, and as the Lord tells us in today’s Gospel, we must be willing to change fundamentally the context and the detail of our lives if we are truly to be His disciples.

“That call is always present to all of us, but can present itself more immediately at particular moments in life. This is such a moment for me and my family.”

He added: “I realise that some of you may feel that I am leaving just as you most need to be led through the difficult times which traditionalist parishes of the Church of England are to face over the next few years.
“To those of you who will remain as committed members of the Church of England, I am on a path that is for now different from yours.

“I trust that one day, in God’s good time, our particular journeys may re-converge.

“In the meantime, I cannot provide the Anglican leadership you expect and so it would be wrong for me to remain as vicar of this parish.

“To those of you who are considering becoming Catholics, either as members of the forthcoming Ordinariate under the provisions of Anglicanorum coetibus or in a local Catholic parish, I trust that I am, in the manner of a Middle-Eastern shepherd, walking ahead of the flock, leading you by my example to safe pasture.”
Fr Pinnock formally gives up his parish on November 1.

Fr Farrow has two children and a third on the way. They are are allowed to stay in the parish until they find alternative accommodation.

Fr Farrow told his parishioners: “As I have preached about many times this journey towards real unity with the Church from which our own was formed at the reformation is a biblical priority.

“I cannot read John 17 and believe that Our Lord’s will is anything other than the reunion of his broken body the Church.”

He added: “In conscience then I have come to the point where I cannot in good faith remain as your priest.”

  • Fr.Lucian Dudas

    God Bless Catholic Church,this is …………………………OKY!!!!!!
    Fr.Lucian Dudas(Greek-Catholic Church-Romania)

  • David

    If these gentlemen have decided to convert how can they continue to 'minister' as they will know that the Church considers their Orders invalid and their sacrraments a pastiche?

  • geoffreysmith1

    That will depend on the particular bishop who ordained him. The Anglicans felt the force of Apostolicae Curae and some of them resorted to ordination by Old Catholic bishops to gain the validity of their priesthood. If the line of succession has not been broken, then Giles Pinnock and Robin Farrow are truly priests.

  • Bugmenot

    It depends on the form of their ministry after reaching this point. A friend of mine is a former Anglican priest who “came home” several years ago. When he reached the point where he could no longer remain in the Church of England, he arranged for other Anglican priests to celebrate sacramental services for the 5 weeks “notice” period he was obliged to give. He continued to lead the non-sacramental services, such as the Divine Office, and perform all of the administrative functions incumbent upon him as a rector. Having read Mr Pinnock's resignation, it would appear to me that he has put a similar arrangement in place.

  • dahveed

    From a Catholic across the water, Good Gentlemen: welcome. We're pleased to have you.

  • greggo

    yes, this is absolutely true but Rome does recognise these Anglican Priests. They say the Old Catholics have valid orders but not when a man is an Anglican priest even if ordained by a bishop with valid orders. Strange hmmm?

  • RJ

    Don't quite understand what you are saying here. Seems like “they recognise these Anglican priests” but “they say their orders are not valid”. That looks like a contradiction.

  • Carolwright8568

    Before they make that final transition, I sugest they read Revelation Chapter 18 and take into account what will happen to them as a result.

  • Harrybendelow

    The references in Revelation 18 are clearly aimed at a wealthy pagan city that persecuted the saints and prophets. The reference to Babylon is also a general reference to all pagan cities, of which there are hundreds in western Europe and America. I wonder does Carolwright live in such a city, built over the last three hundred years on protestant merchant and bankers money.

  • reason

    All I can say is God be with us, I am so glad Father Giles has left. He has tested my faith beyond belief. I habr been a member of St. Mary the Virgin, Kenton, proud in it’s Church of England roots for forty years. Looking forward in the true Anglo Catholic/Church of England tradition.