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Vatican dampener on unity progress

by our Rome correspondent

THE Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has declared that a more substantial accord between the Catholic Church and the Church of England is unrealistic pending clarification on the role of the Church and on the issue of salvation.

In a document entitled "Observations" the Congregation describes ecumenical progress as positive but not to the extent that the "Catholic and Anglican churches are in agreement on essential aspects of the doctrine of salvation and the role of the Church . . ."

"Observations" believed written by the Congregation's Prefect, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, coincides with the upcoming first anniversary on January 23 of the document published after the bilateral ARCIC commission on Catholic and Anglican unity last year.

It had cited "agreement on a




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