Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Anglicans Knocking on Vatican Door

Hundreds of thousands of Anglicans from 13 countries are requesting “full communion” with the Catholic Church.

The Traditional Anglican Communion, which represents traditional Anglicans, made the formal request in October.

The request was made in a letter to the Vatican and has been cordially received by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Traditional Anglican Communion churches already believe in “seven God-ordained sacraments, apostolic succession, holy tradition and the ministry of the pope as Peter’s successor and as sign of unity for the universal church.”

However, this move to request “full, corporate and sacramental union” with the Roman Catholic Church, if approved by the Vatican, would basically turn up to 400,000 Anglicans into Catholics en masse.

“It is extremely rare for entire Anglican communities to seek corporate communion with the Catholic Church whereby every member of the parish becomes Catholic and the parish effectively becomes part of the Catholic Church.”

The Traditional Anglican Communion primate, John Hepworth, stated last January that many Anglicans had converted to Catholicism, but “we would prefer to approach Rome as a community.”

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