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Old Aug 13, '07, 9:15 pm
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Can a married non-denominational Pastor convert to Catholicism and be ordained a Priest? If yes what requirements would need to be met?

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Old Aug 13, '07, 9:31 pm
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yes, and there is an article about this in a issue of This Rock, available from the CA homepage. there is also an active thread on on Episcopal/Anglican clergy converting and becoming Catholic priests on the Forums.
For Protestant clergy contemplating entering the CAtholic Church, the Coming Home network is a valuable help. The man would have to complete his seminary education, usually at one of a couple of seminaries that cater to later vocations or to converts. He would also have to find a parish or other position where he could support his family, and in most cases his wife would have to work.
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I agree with the above, it depends (over here) abit of the local bishop... but it can add to much confusion if there's suddenly a married parish priest... but this could also happen if a priest of the eastern rite takes over a roman parish (which he may, if the bishop asks him to do so).
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Old Aug 13, '07, 11:36 pm
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A long time ago, our Church had a married former Anglican priest. He was a very good priest, and is proof that this can be done well. However, I would hope that the Protestant minister in question has prayed very intensely over this to make sure that it is God's will that is being done.
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Can a married non-denominational Pastor convert to Catholicism and be ordained a Priest? If yes what requirements would need to be met?
Yes! It has been done. It does require a lot of discernment, but as the Spirit leads you home, may He fulfill your desire to serve Him. I would suggest that you contact the local Diocese where you live.

And may God bless you and your loving Christian family richly.

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The person should talk to their diocesan vocations office. I've heard of Anglican/Episcopalian married priests becoming Catholic priests and I believe I've heard it about Lutherans, but I'm not sure about a non-denominational minister.

There's information about the pastoral provision here: http://www.pastoralprovision.org/
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Although this is possible, it must be said that toward the end of his pontifical reign, John Paul II was not as open to this as he once was, denying many Anglican parishes to become "transitional" ones, as are the twenty-five in Texas. I'm not sure how the Holy Father Benedict XVI reacts to such cases, but I do know that Papal approval is required in such a situation directly, just as it is if a priest wishes to leave the priesthood.

Regardless of the particulars, a conversion is a joyous event, especially if that person intends to help spread the Good News through the teachings of the Church.
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I think the provision only allows for Episcopalian ministers who convert.
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I think the provision only allows for Episcopalian ministers who convert.
I am under the impression that Lutheran priests may also be allowed, but it is not permitted generally - a UCC minister or an Evangelical minister would not be able to do this, for example.

Keep in mind too that the only reason it is permitted at all is for pastoral reasons, because of the outward similarities between the Lutheran, Anglican, and Catholic priesthoods. There is very little outward similarity between a UCC minister and a Catholic priest, nor between an Evangelical pastor and a Catholic priest.
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Old Aug 15, '07, 4:19 pm
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They do it for mainline pastors at times. Interesting is Alwx Jones who was a pentecostal pastor and is married and now is trying to be permitted to be a priest. If thee is a provision for former Anglicans and Lutherans I think that in some cases that should be extended to others like Jones.
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They certainly can become Deacons as married men.

It all depends on the man and his calling as some people are not suited for the priesthood.

A Deacon is an ordained minister and can preach, he just would have to wait until he is single by death of his wife before he can become a Priest. (this is not to suggest a mafia divorce but to encourage a first calling to marriage)

http://www.chnetwork.org/

Is where to go for more info,(as others have said)
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As well as the spritual dimension there is a pastoral and financial consideration, which would be high in the local ordinary's mind. For example, the Church of England (Anglican Communion member) provides pensions for ex clergy that leave due to new doctrinal problems over there. This has allowed married priests' wives to live, since the Church is not set up to provide for them. That would be a factor, I have no doubt.

Pastorally speaking, some bishops are very wary of these conversions. They fear single-issue converts (eg over women priests in ECUSA) and they fear the confusion among the people over married priests.

We had a married priest who had been an Anglican vicar and he was wonderful. But he was widowed, so I am unsure as to what it would be like to be a priest's wife!?
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As well as the spritual dimension there is a pastoral and financial consideration, which would be high in the local ordinary's mind. For example, the Church of England (Anglican Communion member) provides pensions for ex clergy that leave due to new doctrinal problems over there. This has allowed married priests' wives to live, since the Church is not set up to provide for them. That would be a factor, I have no doubt.

Pastorally speaking, some bishops are very wary of these conversions. They fear single-issue converts (eg over women priests in ECUSA) and they fear the confusion among the people over married priests.

We had a married priest who had been an Anglican vicar and he was wonderful. But he was widowed, so I am unsure as to what it would be like to be a priest's wife!?
To answer the last, excellent, question: God knows.

However, based on experience the couple I know, it is very difficult for the wife, but also on the priest, whose situation is not sympathetically understood, in part because it is rare, in part because of prejudice.

But he is a wonderful priest and she is a superb lady.

God bless.
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