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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 23, 2008

During this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity it's distressing to see that another Protestant leader in Northern Ireland (is it something in the water there?) has denounced the Pope as anti-Christ.

But cheer up; the (Anglican) Church of Ireland has released this comforting statement:

Attention has been drawn in the media to a remark attributed to Mr Wallace Thompson, secretary of the Evangelical Protestant Society, suggesting that the views he expressed, in which the Pope is described as “the Antichrist" does not conflict with the main teachings of the main Churches. The Church of Ireland wishes to point out that no such description of the Pope is contained in any of the formularies or the historic documents of the Church of Ireland.

The Church of Ireland does not profess, as a matter of doctrine or official policy, that the Pope is the Antichrist. What more could you ask? Isn't ecumenism wonderful?

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 24, 2008 10:27 AM ET USA

    The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, said: "Whereof it followeth Rome to be the seat of antichrist, and the pope to be very antichrist himself. I could prove the same by many other scriptures, old writers, and strong reasons." (Referring to prophecies in Revelation and Daniel.) Taken from Works by Cranmer, Vol. 1, pp. 6-7.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 24, 2008 8:33 AM ET USA

    From a church that doesn't profess anything, no more is to be expected.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2008 7:26 PM ET USA

    They still hold to the 39 Articles though, including no. 31 which says "Wherefore the sacrifices of Masses, in the which ... the Priest did offer Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission of ... guilt, were blasphemous fables, and dangerous deceits." They also still keep no. 37 which states "The Bishop of Rome hath no jurisdiction in this Realm of England"! (The Church of Ireland exists only in Ireland, incidentally.)

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2008 6:44 PM ET USA

    Someone at the (Anglican) Church of Ireland must have attended the Bill Clinton School of Double Speak. I thought he was the only one who could whack away at a person by denying he was doing it.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2008 3:24 PM ET USA

    Don't comments and opinions such as Mr.Thompson's just boggle the mind? Perhaps they are simply in the order of "thou doth protest too much", and denote a struggle against the alternative, which is the Pope is Christ's current leading shepard of ALL Christians on Earth

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