he 159th gathering of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas will begin with a keynote address by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Galveston-Houston Catholic Archdiocese.
“It makes our hearts glad that he, the first cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church in Texas, will preach at the opening service,” said Ron Pogue of Galveston’s Trinity Episcopal Church. Pogue is one of the host pastors for the meeting.
Getting along with Catholics hasn’t always been a hallmark for Anglicans. The movement began when King Henry VIII broke with the pope in 1534 and founded The Church of England. That became the basis for the Anglican Communion, which later produced the American branch, the Episcopal Church. More recently, relations have been cordial between Windsor and Rome. And passing attempts at merging the two churches have been repeatedly floated.
The high-profile conflicts in this century are no longer between Anglicans and outsiders, but instead have come from within: between the liberal and conservative wings of the American Episcopal Church, as well as between the U.S. church and many of the other 40-plus member churches of the Anglican Communion worldwide.
During the past few years, a number of U.S. parishes have broken, or threatened to break, with their American bishops. In order to avoid leaving the Anglican movement entirely, they have chosen to report to more conservative bishops overseas.