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Rowan Williams: ‘The ecumenical glass is half-full’

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has just delivered a major speech on Anglican-Catholic relations in Rome. The full text is up on the archbishop’s website.

Here’s the conclusion:

All I have been attempting to say here is that the ecumenical glass is genuinely half-full – and then to ask about the character of the unfinished business between us. For many of us who are not Roman Catholics, the question we want to put, in a grateful and fraternal spirit, is whether this unfinished business is as fundamentally church-dividing as our Roman Catholic friends generally assume and maintain. And if it isn’t, can we all allow ourselves to be challenged to address the outstanding issues with the same methodological assumptions and the same overall spiritual and sacramental vision that has brought us thus far?

Dr Williams’s website provides the context: “The Archbishop of Canterbury is today giving an address in Rome, as the guest of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The address is part of a symposium being held at the Gregorian University, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Cardinal Willebrands, the first president of the Council.”

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 19, 2009 at 5:01 pm

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