October 21, 2009
Pope reaches out to conservative Anglicans
Pope Benedict XVI has created a new structure within the Catholic Church to accommodate conservative Anglicans who want to covert.
The announcement comes amid worldwide discord within the Anglican community. The election of openly gay bishops, same sex unions and the ordination women have caused disagreements in the church.
Joseph Cardinal Levada, the Vatican’s chief doctrinal official, made the announcement this week at a Vatican press conference. He said that this move is a response to ‘many requests’ from members of the Anglican community.
Archbishop of Cantebury, Rowan Williams, has said he does not think that this is a comment on Anglican problems.
The new structures will also allow for married Anglican vicars to become ordained within the Catholic Church, but they would not be allowed to become Catholic bishops.
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