Jun 29, 2008

Damian Thompson of The Telegraph

I'm going to scan more frequently the short summaries of British news regarding the Roman Catholic Church written by Damian Thompson. Back in late 2007, he reported Pope Benedict XVI was moving faster to accomplish "breathtakingly ambitious" goals. Recent events seem to bear out Damian Thompson's 2007 analysis, including:
It's shaming to have to admit that the bishops of my own Church are the chief obstacle to a significant move of Anglo-Catholic clergy and lay people into full communion with the Holy See - but that's the way it was last time, in the early 1990s, and it's still the case today.

Fortunately, Pope Benedict XVI is more open to experiment than Pope John Paul II. He is taking a close interest in the progress of the rebel Traditional Anglican Communion towards reunion - a process which is under the control of the Congregration for the Doctrine of the Faith, not the Vatican's woolly-minded ecumenists.

I can't betray confidences, but my advice is: look at the new church structures, such as Old Rite parishes [see June 29 DT post], that the Pope is already encouraging, and ask yourself how those models might be adapted for the use of former Anglicans.
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