Magazine article Anglican Journal

Canterbury, Pope Pray for Unity

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Canterbury, Pope Pray for Unity

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Rome

(ENI) -- Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, prayed together and remained committed to strengthening Roman Catholic-Anglican ties but they acknowledged division over key issues, including the ordination of women priests and the role of homosexual clergy.

The Pope and the spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion met at the Vatican on Nov. 23 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1966 meeting between Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey and Pope Paul VI.

Pope Benedict did not identify in detail areas of difficulty between the two churches, but he did speak of the "the strains and difficulties besetting the Anglican Communion and consequently about the uncertainty of the communion itself."

In a speech the pontiff told Archbishop Williams: "Recent developments, especially concerning the ordained ministry and certain moral teachings, have affected not only internal relations with the Anglican Communion but also relations between the Anglican Communion and the Catholic church.

"We believe that these matters, which are presently under discussion within the Anglican Communion, are of vital importance to the preaching of the Gospel in its integrity, and that your current discussions will shape the future of our relations," said the Pope. …

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