From Archbishop Lord Fisher of Lambeth
I HAVE been sent a copy of -ar the CATHOLIC HERALD for May 12 last, containing an arti
cle by Canon Peter Moore giving the Anglican angle on the rejection by the General Synod of the Anglican-Methodist scheme last May. It is not the only Anglican angle.
I started the two Churches on their quest for full cornmunion with one another. The scheme evolved was not good enough; indeed it would have led to the destruction of the Anglican communion. Its rejection is a matter for profound thankfulness.
As the article says the scheme will be picked up and presented differently. It must not be confused with the cause of unity, a cause which I served not unfruitfully when
1 visited Pope John XXIII. The cause of unity must be
served by each Church in its domestic life; it is a grace of the Holy Spirit and cannot be commanded by men or schematised. The churches are right to scheme together in their search for full (sacramental) communion together in the church militant which is the Body of Christ.
This is the true ecumenical task.
Fisher of Lambeth Dorset.
FOCUS on Facts and People
quotes me (May 26) as saying that the Justice and Peace Commission "will not be allowed to do certain things its former peace committee did," and goes on to imply that the committee made statements for the Commission.
I should like to stress that the Peace Committee did not make any statements. The statements on Rhodesia and Northern Ireland which are alluded to were issued in the name of the full Commission, under the Chairmanship of Bishop Grant.
Erik Pearse General secretary, Commission for International Justice & Peace. 38 King Street.
IT may be of interest to your -1readers to know that Fr. Vitale Bommarco has been elected the new Minister General of the Conventual Franciscans, and 115th successor to St. Francis, Fr. Bornmarco has been three times the Provincial of the Paduan Province, and editor of the Messenger of St. Anthony. (Fr.) Philip Doherty, O.F.M.
Cons'. St. Patrick's Friary, London, S.E.1.