Fr. Finigan at his fine blog, The Hermeneutic of Continuity, has a piece today about something Card. Kasper told Anglicans at Lambeth in 2006 as the then-President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Here is an excerpt:
It [viz. the ordination of women bishops] would, in our view, further call into question what was recognized by the Second Vatican Council (Unitatis Redintegratio, 13), that the Anglican Communion occupied ” a special place” among churches and ecclesial communities of the West. We would see the Anglican Communion as moving a considerable distance closer to the side of the Protestant churches of the 16th century.
In effect, dialogue could go on, but it would be on quite a different footing and for a different reason.
In other news, I see in WaPo that the Church of England is going to be under huge pressure from Parliament to knuckle-under and follow societal trends. After all: that’s what State Churches do.
The CofE will be threatened with being stripped of the exemption from the Equality Act of 2010 which prevents gender discrimination. You can bet that’ll be used on the Catholic Church as well… or not. Perhaps the Muslim community, whom they don’t dare touch, will defend the CofE.
Otherwise, in that same WaPo piece, after an explanation that the CofE bosses might get around the problem of not being able to approve women bishops until 2015 by introducing the matter at a meeting in July, there is a quote from … :
A former archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, upped the ante when he called on church leaders to “rip up its rule book” and speed through the introduction of women bishops. He said it was “ridiculous” to assume that the General Synod could not reconsider women bishops until 2015.
Tear up the rule book! That’s right! Just tear it up!
This, friends, is what the National catholic Reporter wants for the Catholic Church.
Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity.