English bishops stalled earlier outreach to Anglicans, journalist reports
CWN - November 22, 2010
Reflecting on the ordinariates that are being established to welcome Anglicans into the Catholic Church, William Oddie of London’s Catholic Herald reports that a similar accommodation could have been reached in the 1990s, if not for the opposition of many English bishops.
Oddie recalls that with an agreement on the horizon, the English hierarchy resisted accepting Anglicans. The late Pope John Paul II asked, “what are the English bishops afraid of?” Oddie reports, while then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger added his query: “Why are the English bishops so un-apostolic?”
Oddie reveals that when he was asked about Pope Benedict’s new plan to welcome Anglicans, he expressed the certainty “that the whole thing would be sunk unless the English bishops were kept firmly out of the loop.”
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our final 2013 goal ($20,156 to go, assuming receipt of matching funds):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!