All it took the other day was hearing pop star Olivia Newton-John's recording of the "Ave Maria" for Father Paul Zahl to feel that old, familiar tug at his heartstrings.
Then came the voices in his head asking those nagging questions that many weary Episcopalians have pondered in recent decades: "Why keep fighting? Why not join the Roman Catholic Church?"
Many Episcopalians, stressed Zahl, are seeking what he called a "truly objective form of church life" that provides authoritative answers to the moral and doctrinal questions that have -- for at least a quarter century -- caused bitter conflict and declining statistics in the American branch of Anglicanism. Their complaints run much deeper than mere discontent over the 2003 consecration of a noncelibate homosexual as the Episcopal bishop in New Hampshire.
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