by the Rt Revd Christopher Hill
23 October 2009
The Rt Revd Christopher Hill, Bishop of Guildford and Chair of the Council for Christian Unity for the Church of England
The special provision for those ‘originally belonging to the Anglican Communion’ (as they will be termed) was announced with not much notice to either the Archbishop of Canterbury or to the Archbishop of Westminster. This doesn’t mean it is intended to ‘poach’ priest and people from the Church of England or the other Anglican Churches. While there are questions about its ecumenical communication, it was a known fact that both former Anglicans – such as members of the Traditional Anglican Communion – and those still belonging to Churches of the Anglican Communion have asked the Vatican to consider some group recognition as some way of retaining an Anglican identity in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican has responded to their requests. What does the Apostolic Constitution, about to be finalised, entail?...
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