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Catholic critic of Chesterton is prominent member of Anglican-Catholic dialogue

Catholic World News - November 03, 2009

Meeting the week after the Vatican announced Pope Benedict’s forthcoming apostolic constitution on the reception of Anglican communities into the Catholic Church, the Anglican-Roman Catholic Theological Consultation deferred comment on the document until its publication. At the same time, it welcomed, in the words of a US bishops’ conference press release, “the Catholic Church’s acknowledgement of a substantial overlap in faith and the legitimacy of many Anglican traditions.”

The dialogue was devoted to immigration and Pope John Paul II’s encyclical on moral theology, Veritatis Splendor, with participants finding much agreement on the former and some disagreement on the latter.

One of the most prominent Catholic participants in the dialogue was Father Thomas Rausch, SJ, a critic of the works of G. K. Chesterton, Msgr. Ronald Knox, and Thomas Howard, all of them prominent Anglican converts to Catholicism.

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  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Mar. 14, 2011 9:10 PM ET USA

    This is the same heterodox windbag who criticized Cardinal Wuerl for what Rausch considers Wuerl's betrayal, when he was sent to Seattle to investigate Abp Hunthausen's eccentric and irresponsible behavior. Hunthausen spent a disproportionate amount of time protesting nukes at the Bangor subbase rather than shepherding his flock, and ignored the rampant homosexuality in the seminary--which had to be closed. Rausch thinks Hunthausen was a saint--and needs a good slap upside the ego.

  • Posted by: dancingcrane - Nov. 04, 2009 1:15 AM ET USA

    As a former Anglican, I can attest that I left that church to get away from people like Fr. Rausch, and am sad that he is applauded at Catholic venues, and that he is allowed to be a part of this dialogue. However, we would do well to pay attention to people like him. By condemning openly, he gives us the names that we need to look to. I rather hope that he expands his list, so that I know who else my friends are!

  • Posted by: Alcuin - Nov. 03, 2009 10:51 AM ET USA

    The "Bad Apples..." link is astonishing. We can all hope to be condemned by the likes of Father Rausch.

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