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Recognition for Anglican orders soon?

By A Staff Reporter

Catholic recognition of Anglican orders and joint Eucharist may well be among the recommendations of the . Anglican-Catholic International Commission which ended a nine day meeting in Canterbury yesterday.

On Tuesday, the Commission, appointed by Pope Paul and Dr. Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, issued the following Statement: "The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission held its fifth meeting at St. Augustine College, Canterbury, from August 28 to September 6, 1973. The Commission continued its discussions on Christian ministry. It completed a statement on the subject which was unanimously agreed, and must now be submitted to the authorities of both Churches with the request that it may be published in due course, so that it may be discussed as widely as possible.

"The Commission's agreed statement on Eucharistic doctrine drawn up at Windsor in 1971, has since publication continued to receive wide and careful study at all levels within the two Churches, and 'also outside. Authorities in both Churches have welcomed the document and expressed a belief in its ecumenical significance. "The Commission is convinced that its new statement on the doctrine of ministry, if approved and studied in connection with the Eucharistic agreement, will

have the deepest importance in

the future of relations between the two Churches.

"For in the past, disagreement on the two issues obscured a large area of common belief and made it impossible for Roman Catholics to recognise Anglican orders. The Commission believes that the two documents provide a wide context in which such problems rnay eventually be resolved.

"Christian ministry has been studied in the broadest terms. This has involved consideration of Biblical and other elements of the common inheritance of the two Churches. Among the subjects studied were the role of the ordained ministry. within the life of the Christian community, its priestly nature, ordination and apostolic subsession. Throughout its discussions the Commission took seriously the obligations of the Christian ministry to the whole world.




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