Bishop David Moyer Not Given Votum Needed to Join Ordinariate

Bishop or is it Father (sorry I’m never sure – it depends if you’re Episcopalian or TAC I suppose?) David Moyer has been declined the required votum needed for him to join the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter.

Virtue Online is running the story:

The former Anglo-Catholic priest of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rosemont, Fr. David L. Moyer has been denied his final step into the Roman Catholic Church following 10 years of ecclesiastical wandering that started with The Episcopal Church, migrated through the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Forward in Faith, the Church of the Province of Central Africa, and the Anglican Church in America, a branch of the Traditional Anglican Church.
Moyer said he received a letter from Fr. Jeffrey Steenson, Ordinary for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, informing him that Archbishop Charles Chaput (Philadelphia) has declined to give him his votum (a promise) to proceed toward ordination in the Roman Catholic Church.

Moyer received a nulla osta (no impediment) from the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith in early November 2011, but a votum must be given by the local Catholic bishop for someone who resides in his diocese.

Moyer now leads a group of about 50 former parishioners from the Church of the Good Shepherd under the banner of Blessed John Henry Newman.


Moyer’s fortunes have been tied to those of TAC Australian Archbishop John Hepworth as Moyer was consecrated a bishop in the TAC in 2006 by Hepworth, a move that many Episcopalians and Anglicans seriously questioned and actively discouraged.

Hepworth, a former Roman Catholic priest with a mixed past, expressed his intention of taking the TAC into Rome as an Anglican prelature. His hope was that he would be reinstated into the priesthood in the Ordinariate, bringing an alleged, but never confirmed, 700,000 Anglo-Catholics with him.

Hepworth hoped that revelations that he had been sexually abused by three priests would be mitigating circumstances to allow him to return to Rome as a priest. That did not happen. He revealed that he had been seduced by a sitting Roman Catholic monsignor who denied the charges. The Catholic Church in Adelaide says an investigation found no substance to allegations made by Hepworth against Fr. Ian Dempsey.

Soon after these allegations, and the stories that followed going viral, the Roman Catholic Church told Hepworth he could return to the Roman Catholic fold, but only as a layman. He was denied his yearned for return to the Roman Catholic fold as a bishop or priest. Hepworth also ruffled too many Roman Catholic feathers when he publicly blasted what he saw as efforts by Roman Catholic authorities to take over parts of his Canadian flock.

Hepworth has rejected Rome’s offer and mounted a campaign to pull together whatever fragments he can find of the TAC around the world to reignite his failed leadership…

Contacted by VOL and asked for a comment on his rejection to the Ordinariate, Moyer replied “no.”



2 thoughts on “Bishop David Moyer Not Given Votum Needed to Join Ordinariate

  1. Bishop Moyer currently has a lawsuit pending against him. It is probably this that has caused the deferral of the votum as given that the CDF granted him the necessary nihil obstat (nulla osta) there is no canonical impediment at issue.

  2. All so ridiculous! First, anyone see the forest through the trees? For instance, what denomination persecutes,villifies,sues and ousts its own members because they have conservative beliefs? Only the Episcopal church under Schiori.Almost all denominations have conservative churches and so do synagogues and one does not see this kind of hatred and on-going malice which is what the Secular Leftists have done within the body of the Anglican Communion, with no help from the fuzzy druid across the pond either.This ordinariate is a smokescreen; a ruse to poach new Catholic bodies for the coffers..there is no intention of allowing anything but obedience and conformity to Roman Catholic doctrine, so forget about the semantics of Anglican patrimony,use of the Book of Common other words,folks, you are not and will not be Anglicans anymore, but Roman Catholics after your “penance waiting.” No physical church separate for Anglo-Catholics either, and nothing but blowing smoke as far as David Moyer being a Roman Catholic priest. The Church of England needs to get its act together,boldly assert itself and take these desperate Anglo-Catholic people back into the fold in a protected from Leftist homosexual ideological claptrap foisted down the throats of people who plainly do not subscribe to their Marxist rants and property grabs.Why doesn’t the current fuzzy druid set-up an Anglo-Ordinariate himself and allow all those unfortunate conservative Anglicans to find safe shelter? For that matter, the Queen should use some of her rarely used powers as Defender(ha!) to protect the flock, but that unfortunately is compromised since she knighted homosexuals such as Sir Elton.We need a BECKET a new rock, a new compass and it isn’t pointing to a former oceanographer that has created a tsunami of trouble.

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