Anglicans, Catholics still differ on Mary

What is an acceptable diversity of belief
Two years after Anglican and Roman Catholic priests and theologians said they had reached a common understanding on the Virgin Mary, there’s still something about the Catholic doctrine of Mary that doesn’t sit right with some Anglicans. Specifically, some Anglicans remain skittish about Catholic dogmas on the immaculate conception (that Jesus’ mother was born free of original sin) and the assumption (that she was “assumed body and soul” into heaven at the end of her life).

During the October 18-20 meeting of the Anglican–Roman Catholic Consultation in the USA at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Episcopal and Catholic leaders said the 2005 written agreement is “significant” but could have done more to ease Anglican concerns about Catholic teaching.

“As a group, we did not find the document entirely satisfactory,” a statement from the meeting said, noting that “our greatest points of discussion and contention” were over the two dogmas about Mary.


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