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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Roman Catholics and the Rochester Report

FiF has posted the response of the Roman Catholic Church to the Rochester Report and the consecration of women to the episcopacy. The FiF site states that,
The ordination of women bishops in the Church of England would, the response makes clear, ‘undoubtedly create a major additional obstacle to any future full communion with the Roman Catholic Church, and might further impair the degree of communion already existing.’ The response further notes that the Rochester Report admits that the Church of England is very far from having reached a common mind about the ordination of women to the priesthood, and that opposition to that development has not shown any indications of dying away.
The full text of it may be found here. It would be nice to get some discussion on it.

1 Comments:

Blogger James the Thickheaded said...

Jeff:

Great document. Thanks for posting this - as everything else on your site.

Especially appreciate the distinction between the Evangelical and Catholic positions on this...a distinction with which I was unconsciously aware, but pleased to see that when articulated, I find myself firmly in the catholic camp. While I would especially value insight into the nature of ordinations from the Eastern Orthodox perspective, I am not certain it would differ from RC.

That said, the matter of the third province and institutionalizing schism seems in all candor, to contribute only temporal relief rather than build a real, stable peace between the parties. In the end, one wonders whether it reflects a notion of faith within the C of E which is bound more by ties of nation than faith, and therefore whether it is only a limited solution, and not one which really frees the Catholics to worship as they would. The world is of course full of less than perfect solutions that seem ever on the verge of coming undone...and yet which last for generations. The old engineering dictum that "the best is the enemy of the good" has wide application - even among the spiritual realm. Indeed, it is fair to suppose that this is the notion's origin.

Wish I had better insights to offer. That's my 2 cents.

3:25 pm  

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