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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Pope's Address to ABC ++Rowan Williams

I find the bold portion of the statement below very important. Both ABC ++Williams and the Pope addressed these concerns. The question remains HOW can we do this in an environment that is so polarized in its ecclesial and moral views? It is going to take a lot of work and a lot of years to see visible unity. Yet we are all called to not only pray for it but also to labour for it.

In the present context, however, and especially in the secularized Western world, there are many negative influences and pressures which affect Christians and Christian communities. Over the last three years you have spoken openly about the strains and difficulties besetting the Anglican Communion and consequently about the uncertainty of the future of the Communion itself. Recent developments, especially concerning the ordained ministry and certain moral teachings, have affected not only internal relations within the Anglican Communion but also relations between the Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church. We believe that these matters, which are presently under discussion within the Anglican Communion, are of vital importance to the preaching of the Gospel in its integrity, and that your current discussions will shape the future of our relations. It is to be hoped that the work of the theological dialogue, which had registered no small degree of agreement on these and other important theological matters, will continue be taken seriously in your discernment. In these deliberations we accompany you with heartfelt prayer. It is our fervent hope that the Anglican Communion will remain grounded in the Gospels and the Apostolic Tradition which form our common patrimony and are the basis of our common aspiration to work for full visible unity.

The world needs our witness and the strength which comes from an undivided proclamation of the Gospel. The immense sufferings of the human family and the forms of injustice that adversely affect the lives of so many people constitute an urgent call for our shared witness and service. Precisely for this reason, and even amidst present difficulties, it is important that we continue our theological dialogue. I hope that your visit will assist in finding constructive ways forward in the current circumstances.

++Rowan to Pope is here as well.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Antonio said...

"In the modern world, no part of the Christian family acts without PROFOUND IMPACT ON OUR ECUMENICAL PARTNERS; only a firm foundation of friendship in Christ will enable us to be honest in speaking to one another about those difficulties, and discerning a way forward which seeks to be wholly faithful to the charge laid upon us as disciples of Christ".

I'd really like to know what he means by "a firm foundation of friendship in Christ".
He acknowledges the impact some of the decisions made within Anglicanism have had in Roman-Anglican dialogue.
But very soon there will be women bishops even in England.
If something doesn't change soon, there won't be a way forward.
And I don't think +++Rowan Williams is really aware of it.

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