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November 25 2009 By virtueonline Pope and Anglican Communion leader give dialogue a go ahead

A commission preparing a third phase of international theological dialogue between the Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church is due to meet in the coming days, the statement said.

The meeting was the first between Pope Benedict and Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is the leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, since the publication by the Vatican of the new procedures for groups of Anglicans who wish to join the Catholic Church.

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November 23 2009 By virtueonline Act of supremacy - New Statesman

Dr Williams gave an interview to the FT on Saturday, in which the writer noted that he is "the senior bishop of the 77m strong Anglican Communion".

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November 20 2009 By virtueonline An Anglican Bridge Across the Tiber

The wider implications of Pope Benedict's invitation to Anglicans to come into full communion are genuinely historic. It impacts discussions not only with Anglicans, but with all of the churches derived from the Protestant Reformation. It is a popular past time among traditionalist Catholics to throw dirt at ecumenism. Catholic triumphalists trumpet the truth of the Catholic faith and denigrate discussions with Protestants.

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November 17 2009 By virtueonline Cardinal Kasper says provision for Anglicans is not anti-ecumenical

Archbishop Williams was scheduled to speak at a conference sponsored by Cardinal Kasper's office and to meet privately Nov. 21 with Pope Benedict.

The Vatican announced Oct. 20 that Pope Benedict was establishing a special structure for Anglicans wanting to enter the Roman Catholic Church while maintaining some of their liturgical, spiritual and pastoral heritage.

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November 16 2009 By virtueonline LONDON: It's time for Dr Rowan Williams to square up to a rampant Rome

On Thursday, Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, makes his own journey to Rome. It's just a long-standing two-day business trip, you understand. He's not taking the Church of England with him. But I've been speaking to Anglican bishops who ask, wide-eyed, why he's going at all, so soon after the Pope's dawn raid on English Anglo-Catholics.

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November 16 2009 By virtueonline Rome opens arms to world's Anglicans

As expected, Anglicanorum coetibus did not revise the discipline of priestly celibacy - an issue that was hotly debated when the Apostolic Constitution was first announced. Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith clarified last week that priestly celibacy would be observed in an ordinariate, but that married men could be ordained on a case-by-case basis.

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November 13 2009 By virtueonline Anglicans focus on home, and Rome

The Apostolic Constitution, holding out to Anglicans the prospect of their own hierarchies - "ordinariates" - within the Roman Catholic system, has led to predictions that whole congregations opposed to plans for women priests will leave the Church of England.

'Totally unacceptable'

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November 12 2009 By virtueonline VATICAN: Pope 'is not trying to lure Anglicans into the Catholic Church'

Father Lombardi said: "This is not an initiative that came from the Holy See" but "a generous response by the Holy Father to the legitimate aspirations of some Anglican groups.

"It is not an initiative by the Pope to attract new members," he said, stressing that dialogue with the Anglican Church would not be affected.

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November 11 2009 By virtueonline Pope's historic offer creates an Anglican tradition within the Catholic Church

The opening words of the Constitution show that the Pope regards this as a historic moment for Western Christianity. The Holy Spirit has driven Anglicans to seek full communion with Rome "repeatedly and insistently", he says. So he clearly believes it is his God-given mission to make special arrangements for those who are bringing with them "the liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions of the Anglican Communion ... as a precious gift".

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November 11 2009 By virtueonline LONDON: GAFCON Primates statement on Vatican offer

The Primates Council of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (GAFCON/FCA) is convinced, however, that Anglicanism has a bright future as long as we remain grounded in the Holy Scriptures and obedient to our Lord Jesus Christ's call to reach the lost and make disciples of all nations teaching them to observe the whole Gospel. We also believe that there is room within our Anglican family for all those who hold true to the 'faith once delivered to the saints'.

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