by Fr. Christopher Phillips
Most of us have had this conversation:
“It’s so good to see you again! We really should get together for lunch some time.”
“Yes, we should.”
And that’s the end of it. It would be really nice to get together, but it never quite happens.
Imagine the same conversation, but instead of suggesting lunch, substitute the subject of Anglican/Roman Catholic unity. “We really should get together.” “Yes, we should.” But then we don’t. We’ve been having the same conversation for decades. Documents have been produced with great fanfare, supposed agreement has been reached about something, but it goes no further – usually because we discover that even though we use the same words, too often we mean different things.
But now, the conversation is quite different. The TAC primate and bishops have professed their belief in the Catholic faith as it is expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and they have approached the Holy See. In essence they have said, “We should get together.” And the response? “Yes, we should! And here’s how we can do it,” which resulted in the promulgation of Anglicanorum coetibus...
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