During “The Watch” on Maundy Thursday, I did what I said I would do – in giving to our Lady (as Father Jay Hughes did) my priesthood. Whether I can resume it is up to God in Christ who called me to it many years ago. But in the reality of the present (and I don’t mean this to be some form of theological gymnastics for my benefit), “priesthood,” when a man is called to it, manifests itself in many ways – not just in liturgical ways, and in a designated position of parochial oversight for a particular parish church.
I’ve taken to criticism of some of the more interesting characters in the Anglican/Episcopal drama, and one of them is David Moyer. His saga with the Episcopal Church was an ordeal, and his attempt to enter the Roman Catholic Church as a priest was blocked by Fr. Jeffrey Steenson, Ordinary for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. But now he has accepted Fr. Steenson’s conditions and entered the Church as a layman.
I’ve written a lot lately about high-profile Tiber swimmings (like this and this) but Moyer’s case is a little different, coming through the Anglo-Catholic world. But I think it meet and right to note someone who took the advice I gave another wandering Anglo-Catholic, John Hepworth:
There’s life after ministerial credentials, to use the broad term. These days it’s not hard to make an impact on the Christian world without credentials/ordination, just look at the Anglican blogosphere. More importantly, though, your relationship with God is more important than the position you hold in the church or the colour of the shirt you wear. Don’t blow the former for the sake of the latter, for you or anyone else.
In doing this, he’s also put his convictions ahead of his personal desires. I believe God will honour that, and pray that David Moyer and his family will find blessings and peace in the Saviour.
P.S. The post re Moyer’s stepping down deleted several comments re John Hepworth, which is still, I suppose, an ongoing saga.