Magazine article Anglican Journal

Union with Rome Not Imminent

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Union with Rome Not Imminent

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An "organic unity" between" Anglican and Roman Catholic churches is not likely to happen. in the near future, according to the co-chairs of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM). But a recent commission report gave tangible suggestions for bringing the two churches closer.

Media reports of reunification were "sadly, much exaggerated," they said. The Archbishop of Canterbury said the story, published by a newspaper in England and based on an ecumenical report entitled Crowing Together in Unity and Mission by 20 bishops, clergy, and lay advisers from both churches, was "remarkably garbled."

The report, which was distributed to primates of the Anglican Communion during their recent meeting in Dares Salaam, only contained suggestions of what could be done "in pastoral practice," said the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Anglican co-chair of IARCCUM, Bishop David Beetge of South Africa, said unity was a long-term vision of the two churches, which split 500 years ago. "Of course we pray for it ... but I can't see it happening given the best intentions in all of our churches at the moment and the difficulties that we face in being a universal church," he said. "I would be surprised if I saw anything in my lifetime. …

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