Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Married Catholic priest to be keynote speaker at Italian Catholic Federation dinner

From California-

The Rev. Gregory Elder, the first canonically ordained and married Catholic priest in the Diocese of San Bernardino, will be the keynote speaker when the Italian Catholic Federation, Branch 217, holds its gala dinner 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 21.

Elder, who was raised as a Protestant in the Episcopal Church, studied Anglican theology at Oxford after receiving his bachelor’s degree. In 1983 he was ordained as a deacon and an Episcopal priest and served almost 20 years, having been assigned three congregations along with his professorships.

In 2003, he entered the Roman Catholic Church. He applied for a pastoral provision from Pope John Paul II, underwent scrutiny that included interviews, psychiatric examinations, reviews of academic transcripts and letters of reference, which the Most Rev. Gerald R. Barnes, bishop of the Diocese of San Bernardino, sent to the Vatican, requesting that the pope confer priesthood to a married priest, under the pastoral provision. The pastoral provision is a seldom-used rule under canon law established by Pope John Paul II, which allows Anglican (Episcopal) priests to become Catholic priests, despite marriage.

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