Vatican makes it easier for Anglicans

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Vatican makes it easier for Anglicans
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Wed, 10-21-2009 - 11:05am

Here's an interesting news item -- the Vatican is making it easier for Anglicans to join the Catholic Church. I'm not sure if this link will work, but if not you can always do a search: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/21/world/europe/21pope.html?_r=1&th&emc=th


Polly

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Thu, 11-05-2009 - 11:07pm

Oops! I meant VIII!


Thanks.


Polly

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Mon, 10-26-2009 - 11:38pm

Yes, it is very close. The Anglican Church was founded by Henry VII, because he wanted to remarry and the Catholic Church wouldn't let him. Of course, like with all the others, new differences cropped up. I've only been to one Anglican Mass (I think it is even called a Mass) and things weren't necessarily in the same order, but I recognized all the parts.


Renee, concerning transubstantiation, I believe the difference is that Catholics believe it occurs independent of the belief of the receipient, whereas Anglicans believe that the person receiving has to believe in the true presence, and that's where the change occurs. At least that's how I remember it.


I think this is really great. In particular, I'm impressed that it isn't a tug-of-war, but that the Anglican Church seems o.k. with the idea that if some of its members are more comfortable as Roman Catholics, that's o.k.


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Sun, 10-25-2009 - 8:56am

It's my understanding that, with the exception of the Orthodox, the Anglicans are the closest in belief to Catholics>

yes, the Catechism is non-negotiable...... the main differences are no Pope, married priests (which is not doctrine for us), and a belief slightly different from transubstantiation (can't remember what it's called).... so really only two obstacles to overcome

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Fri, 10-23-2009 - 6:26pm

I think openness and acceptance are always a good thing, and of God. And obviously, if they're going to be Catholic, they have to accept our catechism, right?

It's my understanding that, with the exception of the Orthodox, the Anglicans are the closest in belief to Catholics. Does anyone know for sure?




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Fri, 10-23-2009 - 3:11pm
I think this can be a good a thing.
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Thu, 10-22-2009 - 12:18pm
I saw a similar story on CNN yesterday. It is very interesting. I'm not sure what to make of it. I think if it brings more people into the church and makes them feel welcome, then that is a good thing. I wonder if this will open the door for more changes to be implemented. I'm really interested in everyone else's thoughts on this here.