Ross Douthat: Benedict’s Gambit

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The news media have portrayed this rightward outreach largely through the lens of culture-war politics — as an attempt to consolidate, inside the Catholic tent, anyone who joins the Vatican in rejecting female priests and gay marriage.

But in making the opening to Anglicanism, Benedict also may have a deeper conflict in mind — not the parochial Western struggle between conservative and liberal believers, but Christianity’s global encounter with a resurgent Islam.

Here Catholicism and Anglicanism share two fronts. In Europe, both are weakened players, caught between a secular majority and an expanding Muslim population. In Africa, increasingly the real heart of the Anglican Communion, both are facing an entrenched Islamic presence across a fault line running from Nigeria to Sudan.

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalArchbishop of Canterbury Anglican ProvincesChurch of England (CoE)Global South Churches & Primates* Religion News & CommentaryOther ChurchesRoman CatholicPope Benedict XVIOther FaithsIslam

Posted October 26, 2009 at 10:05 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Intercessor wrote:

Fascinating read. Leave it to the Liberal bent to coddle the real enemy of Christians everywhere.

October 26, 3:38 pm | [comment link]
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