Preacher to papal household addresses Anglican synod
November 25, 2015
Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the Capuchin Franciscan friar who has served as preacher to the papal household since 1980, was invited to preach a sermon at the General Synod of the Church of England on November 24.
Stating that “we should never allow a moral issue like that of sexuality [to] divide us more than love for Jesus Christ unites us,” Father Cantalamessa told the Anglican leaders gathered in Westminster Abbey that “we need to go back to the time of the Apostles: they faced a pre-Christian world, and we are facing a largely post-Christian world.”
“The Christian world is preparing to celebrate the fifth centenary of the Protestant Reformation,” he added. “It is vital for the whole Church that this opportunity is not wasted by people remaining prisoners of the past, trying to establish each other’s rights and wrongs. Rather, let us take a qualitative leap forward, like what happens when the sluice gates of a river or a canal enable ships to continue to navigate at a higher water level.”
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