"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Saturday, April 30, 2005

The Pope's meeting last week with Anglican leaders

Here is an excerpt from The Church Times' report on Pope Benedict's recent meeting with several Anglican leaders.

'Dr Williams spoke with the Pope in German for a minute, during which they said they would pray for each other. Dr Williams and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O' Connor said that they hoped that the new Pope would visit England, although no date was set, a spokesman for Dr Williams said.

Dr Williams presented the Pope with a pectoral cross. He introduced his wife, Jane, as a theologian; the Primate of the West Indies, the Most Revd Drexel Gomez, who chairs the Inter Anglican Standing Committee on Ecumenical Relations; and the Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali. A spokesman for Dr Williams said that he expected that there would be 'a fuller meeting' with the Pope at a later date.

Dr Nazir-Ali said on Tuesday that the Pope had met the Anglican delegation immediately after the Orthodox. 'His first priority is relationships with the Orthodox, and the second is with the Anglicans.' The Pope had spent about 15 minutes with the Anglicans. 'He was very friendly towards us,' Dr Nazir-Ali reported.

Dr Nazir-Ali said that the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) had been mentioned. He believed that there would now be a further meeting of the Commission, 'which we could call ARCIC III', and which would meet next year to decide what it wanted to discuss."


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