BY A STAFF REPORTER
GROWING agreement between Catholic. and Anglican theologians currently engaged in dialogue on a world basis is reported by Anglican Bishop John Moorman of Ripon, one of the leading Anglican participants, in the November issue of his diocesan newsletter.
Bishop Moorman, who wa3 the senior Anglican observer throughout Vatican II, is a member of the AnglicanRoman Catholic International Commission which held its second meeting in Venice in late September. An official report of that meeting afterwards referred to the "startling convergence and frequent identity of doctrine" revealed by the theologian; regarding Eucharistic faith and practice.
Commenting on this now in the first personalised account of the meeting to he given by an Anglican participant in this country, Bishop Moorman writes: "My impressions of this second meeting are that.
although we were aware of some very difficult problems — such as Infallibility, Anglican Orders, the Eucharistic Sacrifice, and so on — we felt that things were not quite so difficult as we once thought."
"Being an international group," he added, "we found that we could see our problems on a much bigger scale than is possible if one knows only one country; and we 'heard of some very startling things which are already happening in the U.S.A. and South Africa, which were very different from what we are accustomed to at home. This we found most encouraging. (He did not spell out what these "startling things" were).
"Obviously we can't expect to solve our problems without a great deal of hard work and prayer. All we can do is to keep the doors open, and to pursue those 'lines of convergence' in every possible way."
Bishop Moorman's latest comments on the Venice meeting reflect a definite improveMent in the dialogue.