Thursday, October 22, 2009

Traditional Anglican group ‘profoundly moved’ by Pope's new provision for converts

This is such an interesting development. I'm curious what everyone thinks - especially my Anglican/Episcopalian friends?

Blackwood, Australia, Oct 22, 2009 / 02:57 am (CNA).- The Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion has responded to the Vatican’s announcement of a new provision for Anglicans who wish to convert to Catholicism, saying his church is “profoundly moved” by Pope Benedict’s generosity. He added that the provision will now be taken to the national synods of his Communion.

In an Oct. 20 statement published on the website of the communion’s The Messenger Journal, Traditional Anglican Communion Primate Archbishop John Hepworth said he had been speaking with bishops, priests and lay people of the Communion in England, Africa, Australia, India, Canada, the U.S. and South America about the recent news.

“We are profoundly moved by the generosity of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI,” Archbishop Hepworth wrote. He said the creation of the canonical structure for Anglicans was an act of “great goodness” on the part of Pope Benedict and his “cause of unity.”

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1 comment:

  1. As an Episcopalian / Anglo-Catholic I am hoping for the best in this situation for our respective churches that were born of one.

    I am an Anglican Third Order Franciscan who volunteers and worships with the Catholic O.F.M. brothers who live out the Gospel each day in the inner city Kensington section of Philadelphia at The St Francis Inn.

    I am hopeful that this move will spur dialogue between the Anglican/Episcopal church and the Catholic church as we much closer in many aspects than most people realize. We are, however, VERY far apart on many other issues.

    I pray that those Anglicans who are unhappy may find a spiritual home. I pray that the changes that the Pontiff allows in his Church may be an opening for additional changes not yet realized.

    I believe that God wishes us to worship him together.I pray that one day, we may be able to realize that they are the gifts of God for the people of God. And that one day we may be able to share them together at the same table, remembering and appreciating our joint history and that we may take them in remembrance that Christ died us.

    Pax et bonum

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