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The Anglican provision: a round-up of comments

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Since Tuesday’s announcement there has been an explosion of comment on the new Apostolic Constitution. Here are some of the highlights:

Stephen Glover says the Pope is “about to mug” the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Jonathan Wynne-Jones asks whether Dr Rowan Williams will himself become a Catholic.

Damian Thompson predicts that at least three Church of England bishops will take up the offer.

Libby Purves warns Anglicans that “Catholicism is older, darker, strong raw meat”.

Matthew Parris says he’s “hugely in favour of this Roman Catholic raid on Church of England clergy and laity”.

Paul Vallely answers the big question: “Why is the Catholic Church offering a home to congregations of Anglicans?”

George Weigel argues that we are witnessing the end of an era in Anglican-Catholic relations.

Stacy Meichtry says Pope Benedict XVI “is emerging as the pontiff of interchurch, or ecumenical, relations”.

Fr Christopher George Phillips, priest of an Anglican-rite parish in Texas, says “Pope Benedict XVI is working to preserve the worthy elements of Anglican worship and devotion, while the majority of the Anglican hierarchy is doing everything possible to destroy it”.

Fr Dwight Longenecker lays out the consequences of the move.

Creative Minority Report says Pope Benedict “will be regarded as the Father of Unity”.

Scott Baldauf considers whether “Africa’s Anglican anti-gay bishops” will take up the provision, as does Scott Connors.

The Times tracks down an Anglican clergyman who is thinking of taking up the provision.

Hilary White wonders what the announcement will mean for the Liturgy.

Photo: Cardinal William Levada, right, and Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, at Tuesday’s news conference at the Vatican (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 22, 2009 at 10:31 am

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  1. According to http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2009/11/21/247/), the Catholic Church officials are not very happy about the way Rowan Williams contacted the Vatican when he heard the news. Still, I don’t think his reaction is what obstructed the ecumenical dialogue. …


    November 22, 2009 at 12:08 am

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