Vatican opens doors to dissident Anglicans

Far-reaching ecumenical implications
In a move with far-reaching ecumenical implications, the Vatican has announced plans to open its doors to Anglicans upset with their church’s growing acceptance of homosexuality and women clergy.

Citing “many requests” from Anglicans around the world, the Vatican said that Pope Benedict XVI would permit the establishment of new national dioceses in which former Anglicans can join the Catholic Church while retaining many of their traditional forms of worship.

The move represents a major shift in Catholic-Anglican relations after more than four decades of ecumenical dialogue aimed at restoring “full and visible unity” between the two churches, separated since the 16th century.

 

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