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Archbishop of Canterbury: 'our worship is diminished' by lack of Christian unity

September 21, 2016

Speaking on September 20 at the interfaith prayer service in Assisi, the Archbishop of Canterbury said that because of the lack of unity among Christians "our worship is diminished." 

"The failure of ecumenism imprisons mercy," said Dr. Justin Welby. 

The Anglican leader went on to say that Christian unity is essential in times of persecution. "When they kill us, they do not ask if we are Anglican, Presbyterian, Catholic, or Orthodox; we are one in Christ for them," he said. "So why are we divided when they are not killing us?"

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  • Posted by: 1Jn416 - Sep. 21, 2016 2:03 PM ET USA

    "So why are we divided when they are not killing us?" This is an odd question from someone who leads a denomination that split from Rome because Henry VIII wanted a divorce. I hope Pope Francis invited Abp. Welby to return to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church founded by Jesus. When all Christians are in union with the Bishop of Rome, then we shall no longer be divided.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Sep. 21, 2016 11:49 AM ET USA

    Yes, Christian unity is in the Eucharist, and Anglican worship is diminished by lacking the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, which exists only in the one Church founded by Him.