Monday, February 19, 2007

Catholics and Anglicans Close to Reunion Under the Pope?

The London Times is reporting today that the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion may be close to reuniting after being separated for over four centuries. The Times reports that the Vatican is now reviewing a document submitted by the International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission which puts into place some possible scenarios for a reunification with the two churches. The Times reports:

In one significant passage the report notes: “The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the ministry of the Bishop of Rome [the Pope] as universal primate is in accordance with Christ’s will for the Church and an essential element of maintaining it in unity and truth.” Anglicans rejected the Bishop of Rome as universal primate in the 16th century. Today, however, some Anglicans are beginning to see the potential value of a ministry of universal primacy, which would be exercised by the Bishop of Rome, as a sign and focus of unity within a reunited Church.
In another paragraph the report goes even further: “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.”

Who knows where this may lead but the possibility of reunion in the future is definitely something to look forward to. We'll keep a look out for developments in this story...
UPDATE: CNS now reports that the Church officials on both sides are claiming the story about reunion was premature and state that the document causing all the commotion will be published after both sides have time to offer a commentary. For the full story...

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