Sunday, February 18, 2007

BREAKING: Anglicans Plan to Re-Unite with Rome

Growing Together in Unity and Mission, a document prepared by certain high-ranking Anglicans that proposes reconciliation with Rome has been leaked to the press. It seems that the document has already been discussed with Catholic officials.

With the apparent crisis of authority in the Anglican communion, a growing number of people in the Church of England are now reconsidering the value of the papacy. Of course, this is not an isolated episode--many non-Catholics have been re-thinking the traditional Protestant rejection of the papacy. One immediately thinks of the article written after the death of John Paul II by Stephen Long, professor at Garett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, IL), "In need of a pope?"

Some surprising paragraphs from Growing Together in Unity and Mission now made public include some strong statements, including, “We urge Anglicans and Roman Catholics to explore together how the ministry of the Bishop of Rome might be offered and received in order to assist our Communions to grow towards full, ecclesial communion.”

The document also encourages Anglicans to begin praying for the Pope.

Here's the whole story.
John 17:20-23: "I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, [21] that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. [22] The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, [23] I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me"


UP said...

Check out what Diogenes has to say on this:

Anonymous said...

This is fantastic, good news. I thought only about our Greek Orthodox brethern since the meeting of Benedict XVI with Bartholomew I last fall. St. Thomas More, pray for us.

Anonymous said...

As a former Anglican clergyman now a Catholic priest, I would have to say don't hold your breath.

Ruth Gledhill has taken a document that pulls together much Anglican Catholic dialogue of the last quarter century, has thrown in some possible moves for reunion with small groups of traditional Anglicans and produced a fiction.
John Allen of NCR does a good job demolishing it.