February 19, 2007


Churches back plan to unite under Pope (Ruth Gledhill, 2/19/07, Times of London)

Radical proposals to reunite Anglicans with the Roman Catholic Church under the leadership of the Pope are to be published this year, The Times has learnt.

The proposals have been agreed by senior bishops of both churches.

In a 42-page statement prepared by an international commission of both churches, Anglicans and Roman Catholics are urged to explore how they might reunite under the Pope.

The statement, leaked to The Times, is being considered by the Vatican, where Catholic bishops are preparing a formal response.

At the point where you've got a Tocquevillian Pope there just isn't much to argue about anymore. Let priests marry and reunify the Church.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 19, 2007 8:10 AM

How about same sex marriage or even civil unions for priests? How about nuns?

The Catholic church survived more or less intact because they don't allow their religious legal sexual or emotional relationships with other human beings.

Posted by: erp at February 19, 2007 9:00 AM

Requiring chastity for priests has done them more harm than good. It should be voluntary for priests though required of monks and nuns.

Posted by: oj at February 19, 2007 9:50 AM

You can't do both. If you fully understand the vocations to marriage and to the priesthood -- the total availability and self-emptying that each demands -- you would not choose to do both.

Posted by: Bartman at February 19, 2007 10:20 AM

That's what we need, a church unified on episcopalian terms.

Posted by: at February 19, 2007 11:04 AM

Recruiting men who are so small that they can't serve a wife and God is an obvious problem.

Posted by: oj at February 19, 2007 1:01 PM

Chastity for secular, that is non-regular, clergy has been prudential and not doctrinal. It is not practiced among Uniate and Patriarchal Catholic churches, and it is dispensed with in exceptional cases, such as that of married Anglican priest converting to Roman Catholicism.

It may be that it should be abandoned in light of changes in medical science which in turn have led to changes in family size. Families are now loath to direct only children or only sons to a life of chastity. Accordingly, there has been a dearth of vocations, followed by acceptance of unqualified, i.e. homosexually oriented. candidates for the priesthood. Of course the Church has not asked me for my recommendations on the matter.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 19, 2007 5:46 PM