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Top Anglican leaders issue statement lamenting Reformation break in Christian unity

April 12, 2017

Two leading prelates of the Church of England have issued a statement calling upon the faithful to acknowledge “the lasting damage done five centuries ago to the unity of the Church” by the Reformation.

Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury and Archbishop John Sentamu of York said that the conflicts among Christians that occurred with the Reformation were a clear offense against Christ’s call to unity. “A legacy of mistrust and competition would then accompany the astonishing global spread of Christianity in the centuries that followed,” they said.

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  • Posted by: Bernadette - Apr. 13, 2017 12:59 PM ET USA

    Not only Luther, but I believe the Anglican prelates are also referring to their King Henry VIII and his split over divorce.

  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Apr. 13, 2017 5:56 AM ET USA

    Refreshing -- Pope Francis are you listening? A much better approach than celebrating the break!

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Apr. 12, 2017 10:41 PM ET USA

    Well that is more than what our Pope has said. He has celebrated the Reformation. Sad day when you celebrate the destruction of the unity of the Church.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Apr. 12, 2017 9:19 PM ET USA

    At least two people have the correct view on the "celebration".

  • Posted by: wsw33410 - Apr. 12, 2017 6:56 PM ET USA

    How interesting that the Church of England prelates lament Luther's dividing the Christianity, while the pope and his preacher Fr. Cantalamessa, praise the "gifts" (never naming them?) of Reformation ...