12 March 2008

An endless loop?

Well, apparently Clarence Pope (formerly the Episcopal bishop of Fort Worth) is -- once again -- an Episcopalian. Here's an article describing his various moves. In 1994 he made his Profession of Faith, and entered into full communion with Rome. In 1995 he returned to the Episcopal Church. In 2007 he returned to the Catholic Church. Now, in 2008, he's back with the Episcopalians.

I can't imagine what keeps him bouncing back and forth like this. Perhaps it's just a spiritual instability. Maybe he's simply unable to make a decision and stick with it.

Or, perhaps he never really left the Episcopal Church.

It was a strange experience when he visited our parish, after he had become a Catholic. He arrived in clerical dress, wearing his pectoral cross and his episcopal ring. I remember thinking, "How odd." Now I'm thinking that perhaps he really doesn't see any difference between being an Episcopalian and being a Catholic. Apparently he's been receiving Holy Communion in both places concurrently for some time. Either he's completely confused, or he's completely indifferent.

One thing's for sure. He's a better Episcopalian than he is a Catholic. Not that it counts for much.