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April 12, 2005

Anglicans want unity with Catholics

Topics: Faith

- Courier Mail (Australia)
THE Archbishop of Canterbury has signalled that the rift between Anglicans and Catholics stemming from the Reformation could finally be healed, following the reconciliation between the churches during the reign of John Paul II.

As cardinals prepare to elect a new pope, Rowan Williams, the first Archbishop of Canterbury to attend a pope's funeral, said "the roots we have put down in recent years are far too deep to uproot".;

Dr Williams, who sat in the front row opposite the papal coffin at last Friday's funeral, said: "It seemed to me absolutely natural that the Archbishop of Canterbury should come to share the prayers, hopes, grief and thanksgiving of our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters."

Dr Williams said that although the breach with Rome - dating to the 16th century Reformation, which aimed to reform the Catholic Church and resulted in the establishment of the Protestant churches - was "not yet at an end", there had been an irreversible reconciliation between Anglicans and Catholics during the reign of John Paul II for his successor to build on.

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Posted by Hyscience at April 12, 2005 11:52 PM

If they want to reconcile then they have to reverse those very damaging decision that they have made. That means getting rid of the women priests, as well as the homosexual bishop. They could not be reconcilied until they agree with papal infallibility and a whole range of other issues that needs attention.

On the other hand, I do think that the Traditional Anglican Communion is well on the way to reconciliation with Rome. I expect to hear more on this prior to the end of the year.

Posted by: Maggie4life at April 13, 2005 7:25 AM

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