ecumenism in action
During this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity it's distressing to see that another Protestant leader in Northern Ireland (is it something in the water there?) has denounced the Pope as anti-Christ.
But cheer up; the (Anglican) Church of Ireland has released this comforting statement:
Attention has been drawn in the media to a remark attributed to Mr Wallace Thompson, secretary of the Evangelical Protestant Society, suggesting that the views he expressed, in which the Pope is described as “the Antichrist" does not conflict with the main teachings of the main Churches. The Church of Ireland wishes to point out that no such description of the Pope is contained in any of the formularies or the historic documents of the Church of Ireland.
The Church of Ireland does not profess, as a matter of doctrine or official policy, that the Pope is the Antichrist. What more could you ask? Isn't ecumenism wonderful?
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