Vatican: Pope to meet Anglican chief

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI will meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury next month in the leaders' first encounter since the Catholic church moved to make it easier for disenchanted Anglicans to convert to Catholicism.

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Posted October 30, 2009 at 4:18 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Archer_of_the_Forest wrote:

That will be a fun conversation to parody.

October 30, 4:44 pm | [comment link]
2. advocate wrote:

Oh to be a fly on that wall…

October 30, 5:26 pm | [comment link]
3. Br_er Rabbit wrote:

I am sure it will be respectful, but it would not surprise me if the Pope apologized to +Cantuar.

October 30, 7:40 pm | [comment link]
4. David+ wrote:

Maybe ++Rowan will announce that he is taking the Pope up on his offer.  Then maybe we can get an orthodox Archbishop of Canterbury who will act to preserve as much of the Communion as possible.  That would be refreshing.

October 30, 7:51 pm | [comment link]
5. CanaAnglican wrote:

David+,  I agree.  He needs and perhaps is looking for sanctuary.  Rome could provide that.

October 31, 11:43 am | [comment link]
6. Dee in Iowa wrote:

Why would the Pope apologize?  For all we know, he may have even given the ABofC a heads-up before the publication.  Am sincere in my asking.

October 31, 8:14 pm | [comment link]
7. Br_er Rabbit wrote:

Dee, he could apologize for the unfortunate timing and the undue haste of the announcement. Others might say that it was neither badly timed nor hasty, but I suspect that is RDW’s impression.

October 31, 8:21 pm | [comment link]
8. Dee in Iowa wrote:

I don’t think there really would be a good time and as to hasty, the ABofC has had 6 years to try to rectify the harm that has been done.  And in that 6 years he met with the Pope as well.  I find it hard to believe that the Pope was all peaches and cream during that visit, and I’m sure the AB of C was honest about his reasons for the actions he has taken.  Perhaps the Pope knows the mind of the AB of C more than anyone.  I don’t think he made this move in a lightly manner…...and it wouldn’t surprise me to find out the AB of C knew it was coming…...

October 31, 11:56 pm | [comment link]
9. Br_er Rabbit wrote:

Dee, you may be right, but all the news sources are saying that the ABoC had little advance warning of the papal announcement. And he certainly looked miserable at the joint press conference with+Vincent.

November 1, 8:12 am | [comment link]
10. dwstroudmd+ wrote:

The ABC acknowledge that he had weeks of warning.  Two of them, precisely, and he - as usual - squandered them before notifying his clergy folks with about two days lead.  In short, knowledge made no difference to typical inactivity.  Rowan Williams has a pattern of behaviour.  It is historically evident, discernable, and demonstrable.  IF he had been given a decades warning and a decade in which to react, it would not have altered the pattern of behaviour, though he might have given his clergy a seven days notice with that much lead time.

November 1, 6:18 pm | [comment link]
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