Saturday, June 10, 2006

Vatican to Anglicans: 'Women Bishops Would Destroy Unity'

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Rome has drawn its line in the sand. There is a point where ecumenism with other Christians reaches it's end. If the Anglican Communion continues down its current trend, any hope of unity will be forever lost. It would seem to me that such action on the part of the Anglican Communion would open the door to a restoration of the "Anglican Rite" within the Roman Catholic Church, through which Anglican bishops can convert to Catholicism and retain their Anglican customs. Since all hope of unity would be lost with the Anglican communion, there would be no ecumenical hindrance to restoring the Anglican Rite within Roman Catholicism...

LONDON (CNS) -- A Vatican cardinal has warned the Church of England that a move to ordain women as bishops would destroy any chance of full unity with the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said that if the Church of England adopted such a resolution the "shared partaking of the one Lord's table, which we long for so earnestly, would disappear into the far and ultimately unreachable distance."

"Instead of moving toward one another, we would simply coexist alongside each other," he said.

His remarks came in a speech to a private meeting of the Church of England bishops in Market Bosworth, England, just four months after the bishops agreed to set up a working group to outline a process through which women might be consecrated as bishops...

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