Pope Paul VI to the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Michael Ramsey

"(B)y entering into our house, you are entering your own house, we are happy to open our door and heart to you." - Pope Paul VI to Dr Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Vatican Radio airs an interview with Dr Rowan Williams,

The Vatican Radio recently aired an interview with Dr Rowan Williams,Archbishop of Canterbury who is on a visit to Rome to mark the 50th anniversary of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, established by Pope John XXIII in 1960.

Among the highlights of the interview are these remarks by Dr Williams

Asked to comment on Pope Benedict XVI's offer to Anglicans with Anglicanorum Coetibus as prophetic, Dr Williams said

"But prophetic? Maybe yes, in the sense that here is the Roman Catholic Church saying there are ways of being Christian in the Western church which are not restricted by historic Roman Catholic identity - that’s something we can talk about."

and about Anglican patrimony in the Ordinariate and the Ordinariate vis a vis the Church of England

"Well I think if the Ordinariate helps people evaluate Anglican legacy or patrimony, well and good, I’m happy to praise God for it. I don’t see it as an aggressive act, meant to destabilise the relations of the Churches and it remains to be seen just how large a movement we’re talking about."

Dr Williams remarks are remarkable indeed, something that was unimaginable a mere 5 years ago. The remarks go beyond the usual ecumenical niceties and shows the way to a real and practical ecumenism rooted in clear doctrine and pastoral needs.

Also Dr Williams has more or less admitted that Anglicanism will survive outside the Anglican church!

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