Is the ecumenical project any more than just politeness?

Oct 13, 2016 by

CEN Editorial: The meeting in Rome between the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, was widely reported. Dr Welby gave his pectoral cross to Francis in a grand gesture of goodwill and brotherhood in the faith. But he also said that there were major differences between the two communions over women bishops and clergy, and also over ‘sexuality’. Why the Archbishop stated this latter as a disagreement is a major surprise to the people of the Church of England – as far as...

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Archbishop Justin Welby And Pope Francis Want Christian Unity. Will They Get It?

Oct 5, 2016 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: When Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby join in prayer at vespers, or evening prayers, in San Gregorio al Celio church in Rome, this will mark another step towards unity between Anglicans and Catholics. They will literally be singing from the same hymn sheet, with the Sistine Chapel Choir joined by the choir of Canterbury Cathedral. Events in Rome this week appear to show Catholics and Anglicans, under these two remarkably similar...

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Anglican-Catholic dialogue hammering out the ‘tough difficulties’

May 17, 2016 by

by Michael Swan, The Catholic Register: TORONTO – After nearly 50 years of discourse between the Catholic and Anglican communions, the official dialogue body wants to fine-tune how it studies the differences and similarities between two churches which both call themselves Catholic. “ARCIC III hasn’t proved itself yet,” Sir David Moxon, Anglican co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, told The Catholic Register following an ecumenical evensong on Pentecost Sunday. This...

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Vatican response to Primates’ gathering

Jan 21, 2016 by

By Anthony Currer, Anglican Ink: [Italian original below] To respond to the Gospel message with faith immediately implies a whole network of relationships, it implies that something is owed to those others who have also responded in faith. This is true of individual Christians and it is true of Christian communities be they parishes, dioceses, national or international ecclesial communities. In decision-making and in what we do, something is always owed to those other Christians beyond our...

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Ecumenism between Catholic and Anglican Churches may be ending

May 13, 2015 by

By Alison Lesley, World Religion News: Questions are being raised about whether the ecumenism between the Catholic and Anglican churches is coming to an end. According to Crux, many ask is there any point in the ecumenism as female bishops and gay bishops are present in Anglican churches, and they are now well-along the path toward same-sex marriage. Last week, the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) held the fifth meeting of its current third phase at Villa Palazzola in...

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Is ecumenism between Catholics and Anglicans over?

May 5, 2015 by

By The Rev. Dwight Longenecker, Crux: Last week, the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) gathered in Rome for a further round of ecumenical discussion. Now that the Anglicans have female bishops, gay bishops, and are well along the path toward same-sex marriage, is there any point? Cynics would argue that the ecumenical blabfest is mere window dressing. One critic likened it to those endless rounds of détente during the Soviet era in which both sides shook hands and smiled...

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