Anglican Church Burning the Last Bridges to Unity

Jan 8, 2015 by

By Fr Dwight Longnecker, National Catholic Register: In London last December, there was great jubilation as the name of Rev. Libby Lane was announced as the first female bishop in the Church of England. Lane’s appointment came quickly after July’s vote in the Church’s general synod, which finally authorized the ordination of women as bishops, with the hearty approval of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Over the last four decades, Anglican-Catholic relations have become increasingly...

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We must not abandon goal of full communion, Pope tells Archbishop of Canterbury

Jun 17, 2014 by

From CatholicCulture: For the second time in his pontificate, Pope Francis has met with Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, the primate of the Church of England and spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion. “The Lord’s question– ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ (Mk 9:33)– might also apply to us,” Pope Francis said during their June 16 meeting. “When Jesus put this question to his disciples they were silent; they were ashamed, for they had been arguing about who was...

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Catholic-Anglican talks a journey to nowhere, report concludes

May 8, 2014 by

By George Conger, Anglican Ink Anglicanism in the United States is functionally incoherent as an ecclesiastical system, the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue in the United States concluded in a report released last month, as there is no normative voice for doctrine and discipline in the Episcopal Church of the USA. In a paper entitled: “Ecclesiology and Moral Discernment: Seeking a Unified Moral Witness,” approved at the ARC-USA meeting held on 24-25 Feb 2014 at the Virginia Theological...

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Work of ARCIC irrelevant to most Christians, says Lord Carey

Jan 25, 2014 by

By Simon Caldwell, Catholic Herald Catholics and Anglicans involved in formal ecumenical dialogue might as well be “talking on the moon” because no one is listening to them, a former Anglican leader has said. Lord Carey of Clifton said the work of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) was “irrelevant” to most Christians, who were motivated by relations at grassroots level. He suggested that financial grounds alone might justify the abandoning of...

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Cheerful news for a Friday: Catholic-Anglican relations are actually in good shape

Jun 14, 2013 by

By Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald Here is some cheerful and encouraging reading for a Friday – the full texts of the official speeches of Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury at their recent meeting. I urge you all to read it in full. It is nice and short too, which is an advantage. There are several things worth commenting on. First of all, what was not said. There was no mention whatever of the question of women bishops in the Anglican communion. Presumably the...

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Women bishops: historic words from Professor Henry Chadwick

Nov 19, 2012 by

By Peter Jennings, Independent Catholic News “I would like to see the barriers to communion between Canterbury and Rome dismantled. I hope and pray that the 1988 Lambeth Conference resolution on the consecration of women as bishops, may, despite all appearances to the contrary, be over-ruled by the Lord in such a way that we are drawn closer and not driven further apart.” These were the historic words of Professor Henry Chadwick, one of the most distinguished theologians and...

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