Sunday, October 13, 2013

Roman Catholic Archbishop Suggests Admitting Anglicans to Communion

The ban on Anglicans receiving Roman Catholic Holy Communion could be relaxed as part of moves to bring the two churches together after centuries of division, one of Britain’s most senior Catholic clerics has suggested.

The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Rev Bernard Longley, signalled that restrictions, which can be traced back to the Reformation, might be “reconsidered” as a result of “deeper sharing” between the two churches.

Although he insisted that he was expressing a “personal view”, the Archbishop’s comments will be closely watched as he is the senior Catholic cleric responsible for dialogue with the Anglican churches.
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Savia said...

How can someone accept one sacrament and not the other, and given the Anglican schism, which Anglican church is it going to be?

Anonymous said...

Well, quite. And pretty much all of the Anglicans I know (and I know a fair few) would not hold the same view of the Eucharist as do Roman Catholics (or Orthodox, for that matter). Some of them would go as far as to categorically reject it.

How would this be "communion"?

The young fogey said...

Good points. Yes, Britain has libcaths; Damian Thompson calls bishops and priests of that kind the magic circle. What strikes me is not only is this proposal impossible but the archbishop's enthusiasm for it is about 40 years out of date. Ecumenism's gone as far as it can; nobody seriously thinks the churches will reunite anymore. And as the Western world got less religious, it lost interest. Each church knows what the other teaches and they're not trying to kill each other. Good enough.

Kurt said...

Is this an attempt to justify John Paul II giving communion to Tony Blair in advance of the canonization?