Clarence Pope, 76, the Episcopal bishop of Fort Worth, Texas, from 1986 to 1995, has rejoined the Roman Catholic Church, becoming the second bishop this year to switch from Episcopalian to Catholic. Pope became Catholic upon his retirement 12 years ago, but he returned to the Episcopal Church later that year because he was reluctant to give up his episcopacy. Last March, Daniel W. Herzog, the Episcopal bishop of Albany from 1998 to January 2007 and an outspoken critic of the denomination’s liberal trends, also announced his intentions to join the Catholic Church. Since this January, five bishops, including Pope and Herzog, have resigned from the Episcopal Church. The other three left to join different Anglican churches.


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