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Ratzinger 'disappoints' Anglicans

CARDINAL Josef Ratzinger has dismayed Anglicans with his commentary on the Apostolic Letter, Ad Tuendam Fidem, issued last week.

Cardinal Ratzinger wrote that Pope Leo

11196 decree on the invalidity of Anglican orders, Apostolicae Curae, was an example of a definitive

Church teaching. Canon Richard Marsh, the

Archbishop of Canterbury's Secretary for Ecumenical Affairs, said the statement was inopportune.

"We are disappointed. He could have chosen

many other examples to

make his case. The timing — just before the Lambeth Conference — is not great," he commented. "But we don't think this statement detracts from

the advances of 30 years of Anglican-Catholic dialogue. This remark refers to a dispute of over 100 years ago. It just proves how much work we have to do."

Anglican and Catholic theologians will meet in Italy in August to put the last touches to an ARCIC document on authority and tradition in the Church.




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