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Anglican offensive against Our Lady

BY TRACY-JO SMITH

A CHURCH of England bishop has published a pamphlet attacking the teachings of the Catholic Church as Anglican leader Dr Rowan Williams prepares for his first audience with the Pope.

Bishop Colin Buchanan of Woolwich accused the body in charge of unity talks between Anglicans and Catholics of producing "seductively written error".

He said that the AnglicanRoman Catholic Commission had "hijacked" the Anglicans by persuading them to endorse Catholic teachings, such as papal infallibility.

Referring in particular to the 1999 document, The Gift of Authority, in which the Anglicans move their closest yet to accepting the primacy of the Pope, Bishop Buchanan accused the commission of "subversive" reasoning and of undermining the Reformation.

According to The Times, he criticised the Catholic Church's Marian dogma and its decrees on the Immaculate

Conception and the Assumption. He said that the teachings were "at best, speculative, at worst erroneous and even harmful".

Dr Williams meets the Pope on October 4.




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