Switch of faiths raises questions

As a life-long Episcopalian and pledging member of my church, I've got some questions about the switch of Christ the King Anglican Church to Christ the King Catholic Church ("Anglican parish in Towson switches to Catholicism," June 25).

One point, conspicuously absent in Jamie Smith Hopkins' otherwise excellent report, was the question of birth control. Rev. Edward Meeks is married, but at age 64 the question of reproduction is moot. However, with so many young parishioners at Christ the King, what will the transfer to Catholicism mean in terms of these matters?

Also, it struck me as blatantly unfair (although I know Catholicism is not a democracy) that Nancy Witkowski is now unable to take communion in her church. To me, the sacraments are an essential part of my faith, and to deny this to any life-long member of the Christ the King Church is troubling. Apparently, there will be no "middle road" for the newly ordained Catholic priest.

Finally, a church is more than a building. The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland owns the Mount Calvary building and will negotiate, but what about the endowment funds that were built up over decades? That's church property too.

Although I also have many issues with the Episcopal Church's current dogma, it would never occur to me to bail out. Nevertheless, the entire Anglican community should take a serious look at the defection of Christ the King Church and what caused the split. I consider the reformation one of the most valuable aspects of Christianity, and I deplore any thought of damaging Protestant beliefs. It might be wise for the Episcopal bishops to back off on some of their left-wing, ultra-liberal philosophies that are anathema to so many parishioners.

Rosalind Ellis Heid, Baltimore

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