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Outreach to Anglicans not contrary to ecumenism, says Pope

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In his address to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith today, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about his historic outreach to Anglicans.

The official Vatican report in English says:

Benedict XVI then went on to thank the members of the congregation for their efforts towards “the full integration of groups and individuals of former Anglican faithful into the life of the Catholic Church, in accordance with the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus. The faithful adherence of these groups to the truth received from Christ and presented in the Magisterium of the Church is in no way contrary to the ecumenical movement”, he said, “rather, it reveals the ultimate aim thereof, which is the realisation of the full and visible communion of the disciples of the Lord”.

The full speech is currently only in Italian, the section where he discusses Anglicanism says:

Desidero inoltre rallegrarmi per l’impegno in favore della piena integrazione di gruppi di fedeli e di singoli, già appartenenti all’Anglicanesimo, nella vita della Chiesa Cattolica, secondo quanto stabilito nella Costituzione Apostolica Anglicanorum coetibus. La fedele adesione di questi gruppi alla verità ricevuta da Cristo e proposta dal Magistero della Chiesa non è in alcun modo contraria al movimento ecumenico, ma mostra, invece, il suo ultimo scopo che consiste nel giungere alla piena e visibile comunione dei discepoli del Signore.

Vatican Radio also has a useful report.

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Written by Luke Coppen

January 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm

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