Friday, March 21, 2003

More giveaways of vagantes
by 'a Counter-Reformed Roman Catholic'
The main characteristic of the episcopus vagans (pl. episcopi vagantes) is rootlessness. They preside over minuscule communities that are highly unstable, and the bishops themselves tend not to stay put.

Here are what I consider to be the distinguishing characteristics of the episcopi vagantes movement:

-Very small communities, often consisting of the bishop himself, maybe some family members, a "seminarian" or two, and a post office box.

-Churches having more clergy than laity, too many bishops for the size of the community, and inflated titles.

-Promiscuous conferrals of the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

-Frequent "exchanges" of Orders when bishops meet.

-A lack of theological focus and expertise.

-Very loose and unstable ecclesiastical structures.

-Apostolic succession can traced back to Joseph Rene Vilatte, Arnold Harris Mathew, Jules Ferrette, or a pair of excomunicated RC bishops from South America.

-A tendency to appeal to alienated RCs and Anglicans.

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