Magazine article Anglican Journal

Vatican Meets with Anglicans after Year-Long Break: Talks Ended Due to Gay Bishop's Election

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Vatican Meets with Anglicans after Year-Long Break: Talks Ended Due to Gay Bishop's Election

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After a year-long break sparked by the election of Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire, talks have resumed between the Vatican and the Anglican Communion, reports the Church of England Newspaper.

In a communique released Dec. 12: the Anglican members of the consultation stated that tensions between the two churches "following developments in two of the Anglican provinces relating to ministry by and to persons of a homosexual orientation and practice" had led to a postponement of the 2004 meeting.

The statement said that assurances by the Anglican Communion led to a resumption of talks; a fourth meeting of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission was held "to review work on the project to produce a common statement" that would "identify a sufficient degree of agreement in faith to enable the development of a deepened common life and mission" between the two churches.

The commission also completed work on a summary of theological agreements reached between the two communities. The report will "harvest the theological fruits" of 40 years of agreements of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, "taking the thinking and turning it into mission" said Bishop Edwin Gulick of Kentucky, citing prayer services where Roman Catholics and Anglicans renew their baptismal VOWS. …

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