CATHOLIC CHURCH TO CONTINUE DIALOGUE WITH ANGLICANS DESPITE VOTE TO ORDAIN WOMEN BISHOPS
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Not much news today and it was a good thing because I seem to have spent a good portion of the day working on problems with my cell phone, home phone, fax machine, and the electric company. A few issues have been settled, others will require going to various offices around Rome tomorrow morning.

There was this tidbit, however: The Catholic Church in Korea has unveiled it official website for Pope Francis August visit for AYD Asian Youth Day. Click here to visit the English version: text here

By the by, ANSA news agency reported that Pope Francis was "not happy" that his native Argentina lost 1-0 to Germany in Sunday's World Cup final, Sepp Blatter, the head of international soccer's governing body FIFA, said on Monday. "This morning I received a message from Pope Francis," Blatter told a press conference for the end of the tournament in Brazil. "He certainly was not happy about Argentina's defeat, but he told me that football is good because it unites people. He wanted to send a message of peace. It (the World Cup) was a success and we gave people lots of excitement."

CATHOLIC CHURCH TO CONTINUE DIALOGUE WITH ANGLICANS DESPITE VOTE TO ORDAIN WOMEN BISHOPS

The Catholic Church remains fully committed to its dialogue with the Church of England and the Anglican Communion, says a statement released by the Catholic bishops of England and Wales, despite the Church of Englands decision to ordain women bishops, says a communique from the bishops of England and Wales. communion.

Though the General Synod of the Church of England voted Monday to admit women to the episcopate, the Catholic bishops of England and Wales issued a statement saying, For the Catholic Church, the goal of ecumenical dialogue continues to be full visible ecclesial communion.

The statement was signed by Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, head of the bishops Department for Dialogue and Unity and co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC).

The statement says that, Such full ecclesial communion embraces full communion in the episcopal office. The decision of the Church of England to admit women to the episcopate therefore sadly places a further obstacle on the path to this unity between us. Nevertheless we are committed to continuing our ecumenical dialogue, seeking deeper mutual understanding and practical cooperation wherever possible.

We note and appreciate the arrangement of pastoral provision, incorporated into the House of Bishops Declaration and the amending Canon passed by the General Synod, for those members of the Church of England who continue to hold to the historic understanding of the episcopate shared by the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

At this difficult moment we affirm again the significant ecumenical progress that has been made in the decades since the Second Vatican Council and the development of firm and lasting friendships between our communities. We rejoice in these bonds of affection and will do all we can to strengthen them and seek together to witness to the Gospel in our society.

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