Catholics hope their Episcopal neighbors see the initiative positively, as an unprecedented way of honoring the Anglican tradition and its core liturgy, in the Book of Common Prayer, by officially making a place for it in the Catholic Church.
“We aren't about trying to break up congregations or sheep-stealing. We respect the integrity of these communities,” [Jeffrey] Steenson said. “We're not about competing for souls. ... There is a desire to work together to build up church unity.”
Joseph Britton, dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, said even from an Anglican perspective, this can be seen as a positive move that opens further opportunities for dialogue.
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