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Sunday, July 9, 2006

Vatican To Sever Dialog With Church of England


LONDON – The Church of England General Synod officially approved the concept of women bishops as "theologically justified" by 288 votes to 119 in York this weekend.

The vote by the Church of England ruling body, which resulted from a two-and-a-half-hour debate led by the Archbishop of York, sees the introduction of women bishops move one step closer.

Dr John Sentamu called for the Synod to “welcome and affirm” the views of the majority of the House of Bishops that women bishops should be accepted to the episcopate. In answer to this call, more than two-thirds of the Synod supported him.

The Synod also approved the statement that it would be a “proper development in proclaiming afresh, in this generation, the grace and truth of Christ.” Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams will address the Synod on Monday to support setting up a legislative drafting group to tackle the issue....

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A top Vatican cardinal warned the Church of England against consecrating women as bishops, saying such a move would make unity ''unreachable'' and shared Communion impossible.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, told the archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams that the consecration of women bishops would assure a “serious and long lasting chill” since it would risk compromising the church’s traditional comprehensiveness.

“Without identity, no society, least of all a church, can continue to survive,” said Kasper, according to the U.K.-based Times.

Kasper also warned that ecumenical dialogues between the two church bodies could be compromised if women are elected.

“Ecumenical dialogue in the true sense of the word has as its goal the restoration of full Church Communion. That has been the presupposition of our dialogue until now. That presupposition would realistically no longer exist following the introduction of the ordination of women to episcopal office,” said Kasper....

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