Friday, September 24, 2010

Fort Worth's Vann put on Vatican panel working with Anglicans

From Ft Worth-

The Vatican announced Thursday that Bishop Kevin Vann, leader of the Fort Worth Catholic Diocese, has been named to a committee that will lay the groundwork for the incorporation of U.S. Anglican groups into the Roman Catholic Church. But the announcement received a muted response from the group of churches led by Bishop Jack Iker, which split from the national Episcopal Church last year over issues including same-sex unions and gay bishops.

That group calls itself the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, as does the group of Episcopal churches that remained with the national Episcopal Church.
"As you know, the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth has cordial relations with Bishop Vann and members of his diocese, but today's announcement doesn't have an impact on those ongoing talks about the sharing of resources and fellowship," said Suzanne Gill, spokeswoman for the Iker-led churches. "And it certainly does not portend any formal linkage of the two dioceses." Iker was out of town and unavailable for comment.

Vann will be part of the ad hoc committee announced by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It will be led by Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington and will include Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester, Mass. The Rev. Scott Hurd, who was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1993, served in Fort Worth and joined the Catholic Church in 1996, will also assist Wuerl.

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