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Sunday, February 18, 2007


Ed Peters

Interesting, yes. ....Still, they've always been welcomed back, so where's the "news"? The A.C. has so little authority left, that I can't imgine a reconciliation agreement signed by 40 Anglicans actually affecting even 41, let alone it bringing anyone Home. Still, interesting. I've long thought the Anglican Schism would not end with a (happy) bang, but the proverbial whisper.

Kevin Cary

I remember hearing (and I don't know if this is true or not) that at one point, the Archbishop of Canterbury offered to sell some of the Anglican churches back to the Catholic Church and a bishop in England responded with something to this effect: "The Church is not in the business of buying back stolen property." This situation is not much different... if they would like to come home to Rome, they will be welcomed with open arms (and many pastoral exceptions, I'd wager), but it won't be on their terms. As Ed says, they have always been welcomed back.

St. Thomas More, pray for us

Fabio P.Barbieri

This is part of the inter-Anglican infighting that is taking place around the Dar Es Salaam meeting of Anglican heads. Against all opening forecasts, the conservatives have been thoroughly and humiliatingly defeated, and their leader Peter Akinola has absented himself from the most recent Eucharist, while Rowan Williams and Katharine Jefferts Schori stood side by side. This is a despairing last shot on the conservative side, threatening by implication the defection of whole provinces to Rome; but nobody takes it seriously. For one thing, even many conservative provinces now have women priests, who would have to be dismissed en masse to bring about unity with Rome; for another, nobody seriously imagines that Akinola, who is at present still a big fish in a rather small pond, should be eager to enter the much larger (and more disciplined) Catholic community. Besides, he and his Nigerian province are decidedly Evangelical.

Ed Peters

Kevin, historical quibble for your unnamed bishop. The Church has often bought back stolen beings. We've ransomed Christian captives from Moslem forces many times. We could both think of other examples. I still say, don't buy 'em back now (the churches, that is); at the rate things are going, we'll get them at clearance prices soon enough.


Or, the Anglicans will turn them into psuedo-churches/museums/mausoleums as they have done with Westminster Abbey? After all, the likes of John Shelby Spong and Richard Dawkins have to be buried somewhere?

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