The Reverend David Moyer, a defrocked Episcopal priest who is rector of the conservative Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont, PA., is considering becoming a priest of the Roman Catholic Church. Moyer, 60, was defrocked by Bishop Charles E. Bennison in 2002 on the basis that he had broken communion with the diocese and the Episcopal Church. Moyer fell out of favor with Bennison by publicly opposing the ordination of women, same-sex marriage and gay clergy. He was able to maintain control over the church with the support of his vestry and protracted legal wrangling, which has finally ended with a judge's decision that he must step down as rector and vacate the exquisitely beautiful church on the Main Line.
Bennison has had his own run-ins with the diocese, which I won't regurgitate here, and which nearly saw him defrocked.
Moyer has asked to be permitted to live in the rectory until he and his wife can find housing. He said he'd like to remain in the Philadelphia area, should he be accepted by the Catholic church as a priest.
Please keep Reverend Moyer in your prayers. I have visited his lovely church and share the sadness he must feel at having to leave the flock he has lead. I have followed his trials and tribulations throughout the years and always hoped he would come home to the one true Catholic and Apostolic faith.
May God's Will be done!