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Keeping the VowThe Untold Story of Married Catholic Priests$
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D. Paul Sullins

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199860043

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860043.001.0001

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Why Are Married Priests Becoming Catholic Now?

Why Are Married Priests Becoming Catholic Now?

(p.71) 3 Why Are Married Priests Becoming Catholic Now?
Keeping the Vow

D. Paul Sullins

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by recounting a typical married priest’s conversion story and examines the social and cultural influences involved. The married Catholic priests are the latest in a stream of Anglican to Catholic clergy conversions since the 1830s that were influenced by John Henry Newman, a prominent Anglican priest and Oxford don who converted to Catholicism. Though it is a myth that the Episcopal Church is a magnet for former Catholics, it is true that more Catholic priests convert to become Episcopal priests than the other way around. But converts to Catholicism in both England and the United States have tended to come from the intellectual and cultural elite. Most of today’s convert priests reflect the influence of both the Anglo-Catholicism and Evangelicalism, exemplifying a trend of Catholic conversion among evangelical Protestants.

Keywords:   conversion, John Henry Newman, Anglo-Catholic, Anglicanism, Evangelicalism, Oxford, Catholic

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