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Anglican parish in Towson joins Catholic Church

Monday - 6/25/2012, 7:54am  ET

TOWSON, Md. (AP) - An Anglican parish in Towson is one of the largest U.S. churches to join the Roman Catholic Church.

The Baltimore Sun ( http://bsun.md/KHsJ7o) reports Christ the King Church became Christ the King Catholic Church on Sunday.

The congregation of 140 is among the first in the United States to join a new "ordinate" established for those who want to become Catholic but also hold on to Anglican traditions.

Some church members did not make the switch. The parish had about 200 members when it started the process to become Catholic.

The move follows Mount Calvary Church in Baltimore and St. Luke's Parish in Bladensburg. Some Anglican parishes have moved to join the Catholic Church after decisions to allow women and gay people to be ordained and to recognize same-sex unions.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com


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