2009-10-20 15:32:40

Pope approves document on Anglicans joining Catholic Church

(Oct.20,2009): Pope Benedict XVI has approved document that would make it easier for Anglicans, including married clergy, to join the Roman Catholic Church. The move comes after years of discontent in the 70 million-strong worldwide Anglican community. The Vatican said on Tuesday that the document, known as an "apostolic constitution", would provide a structure for Anglicans,who want to embrace Catholicism, either individually or in groups, while maintaining some of their own traditions. The move was announced at simultaneous news conferences in Rome and London. The Vatican said the Pope decided to prepare the document to respond "to the many requests that have been submitted to the Holy See from groups of Anglican clergy and faithful in different parts of the world, who wish to enter into full visible communion".
Pope Benedict’s approval of a special provision has been received favourably by Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminister and Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, the spiritual head of Anglicans worldwide. In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, the two prelates said that they are determined that their our on-going mutual commitment and consultation on these and other matters should continue to be strengthened. This close cooperation, said the two prelates, will continue, as we grow together in unity and mission, in witness to the Gospel in our country, and in the Church at large.

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