“On the Gathering of the Anglicans”
The Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus
A Pastoral Letter to the Bishops, Clergy and Faithful of the Traditional Anglican Communion
20th January 2010
My Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,
Introduction: the dreams of Christian unity
Few things could be expected to excite more controversy than the reunion of churches that have long been living in animosity.
Europe, and the world that Europe colonised, has been shaped in its languages, its politics, its law, as well as its religion, in large part by those animosities. The identity and culture of people and nations have been significantly shaped by religious conflict and division.
The healing of religious division has been one of the most welcome features of 20th century Christianity. The great conflicts of the last century between Christianity and communism, and between Christianity and Fascism, that turned that century into one of the most persecuting since the great persecutions of the Roman Empire, diminished the sense of division and emphasised the wisdom of unity.
In the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church embraced the vision of unity. For Anglicans, dramatic meetings occurred between Archbishops of Canterbury and Bishops of Rome...
Read the rest of the pastoral letter from Archbishop Hepworth at The Anglo-Catholic blog.