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The Anglican provision: the comment continues to flow

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The avalanche of comment on the Anglican provision shows no sign of stopping. Here’s a quick round-up:

The Global South Primates Steering Committee, representing many Anglicans in the developing world, has rejected the Pope’s overture.

The Rt Rev John Broadhurst, Bishop of Fulham, has described Dr George Carey, as a “moaner” following the former Archbishop of Canterbury’s criticisms of the Apostolic Constitution.

Shadow education secretary Michael Gove says he admires “the chutzpah of Pope Benedict’s dawn raid on the faithful”.

Rod Liddle suggests that Lambeth Palace officials “were muttering darkly that you can take the boy out of the Hitler Youth … etc”.

Anglican Tim Collard says he doesn’t believe the Apostolic Constitution is “a devious Papist attempt to split and undermine our national Church”.

Austen Ivereigh argues that the move will advance Catholic-Anglican relations, rather than undermine them.

Cathleen Kaveny of Commonweal wonders if contraception will prove a stumbling block for some would-be Anglican converts. George Pitcher also wonders if the Church’s teaching on sexuality will create difficulties.

Philip Pullella of Reuters suggests the decision “may bring the Church closer to married priesthood”.

Ross Douthat of the New York Times thinks the Pope’s decision is connected to the resurgence of Islam. Maureen Dowd fears the Pope is welcoming “extreme-Right Anglicans” into the Catholic Church.

The Guardian’s Riazat Butt reports from an Anglo-Catholic parish in north London.

Joanna Bogle says she hopes large numbers of Anglicans “will take the oars of the boat heading across the Tiber, negotiate the rubbbish in the river, ignore the cross-currents, disregard the blathering … and come on home”.

Fr Ray Blake admires “the way the Pope sets his face to a theological idea and then expects canonists to follow it with the relevant legislation”.

Fr Philip Powell OP attempts to answer some tricky questions about the new provision.

Photo: The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, meets Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria in 2003. Archbishop Akinola is chairman of the Global South Primates Steering Committee (PA/PA Archive)

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 26, 2009 at 1:39 pm

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  1. Thanks for the link…I just want to be clear that my answers to these questions were meant to be a little cheeky not really all that serious.

    Fr. Philip, OP

    PNP, OP

    October 27, 2009 at 6:34 am


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