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Prelate: in establishing ordinariates, Pope Benedict did something concrete to restore Christian unity

August 27, 2014

In a recent article, the head of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham said that Pope Benedict’s decision to establish ordinariates for Anglicans who wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church was a fulfillment of the Second Vatican Council’s teaching on ecumenism.

“A reading of the documents of Vatican II shows clearly that the bishops meeting in Rome did not deviate from the belief that there is only one Church of Jesus Christ and identified that Church with the Catholic Church in communion with the successor of Peter,” said Msgr. Keith Newton, whose ordinariate is headquartered in London.

“So much ecumenical work is about dialogue and reports which, though important in themselves, cannot be a substitute for something actually happening to restore full communion,” he continued. “The full corporate unity of the Church is the will of Christ for which all Christians must work and pray. The ordinariate, far from making ecumenical relations more difficult, holds out a vision for a means by which the goal of unity might be realized.”


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