"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, July 12, 2008

Pope Benedict is Praying for "No More Schisms and Fractures" in AC

The International Herald Tribune is reporting news that may not cheer the hearts of Anglo-Catholics who desire immediate corporate reunion with the Bishop of Rome. Remarks Pope Benedict has just made to journalists on his plane, bound for Australia, make it seem unlikely that he will soon be setting up a special scheme to accelerate the collective flight of traditionalist Anglo-Catholics into full communion with Rome. The Pope says he is praying that there be no further "schisms and fractures" within Anglicanism. [Emphasis added]:

Answering questions from journalists aboard his flight to Australia, Benedict touched briefly on the turmoil in the Anglican church. "I am praying so that there are no more schisms and fractures" within the Anglican community, Benedict said. ...

Benedict said he did not want to "interfere" in the debate.

The last line above may indicate that the Pope could take action after final legislation is in place about six months from now, when the "debate" would arguably be over and the "fracture" an accomplished fact. That is, however, unclear. Who can say what will happen? Hat tip to Titus One Nine.


Blogger Julian said...

He generally does a good job, but this time I really wish he would stay out of it. It's just too complicated when he says stuff like that.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

I don't think he particularly WANTS to get involved in the Anglican troubles, but when he's asked a question, what's he going to do? Popes don't usually say "No comment," so this is about as anodyne a response as he could make.

8:48 AM  

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