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Vatican official denies plan for Anglican personal prelature

February 03, 2009

An official at the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity has denied reports that the Vatican is prepared to accept a large group of conservative Anglicans into the Catholic Church and establish a personal prelature for them. Msgr. Marc Langham told the SIR news agency that "media rumors do not correspond with truth." He added that his dicastery has not been informed of any such Vatican plans-- although he conceded that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith could be involved in talks with the Traditional Anglican Communion. Msgr. Langham observed that "conversion is a personal process," and thus it was highly unlikely that such a large group would be assimilated into the Church. However he also expressed skepticism over claims that the TAC has a membership as large as the 500,000 the movement claims.


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