Three Church of England Bishops Knock on Rome's Door. Are Lutherans Next?
Ironically, just when some in the media are attempting to write obituaries on the Catholic Church, she seems poised to make an historic resurgence, becoming a safe harbor for many Christians who long for historic Christian orthodoxy and orthopraxy. With the news concerning three Church of England Bishops traveling to Rome, the pace of this historic movement accelerates. Stay tuned, Church history is unfolding.
By Deacon Keith Fournier
(Catholic Online) - Press reports over the weekend were filled with the latest "stunner" in the ongoing response to Pope Benedicts invitation to Anglican Christians to come into the full communion of the Catholic Church. Depending on the perspective of the journalist writing the particular account, the headlines told the tale. They ranged from Ralph Satter of the AP whose story was entitled "British Bishops in defection talks with the Vatican" to the Telegraph's Jonathan Wynne - Jones who wrote an article entitled "Anglican bishops in secret Vatican summit."
What is clear is that three prominent Church of England Bishops, the Rt Rev John Broadhurst of Fulham, the Rt Rev Keith Newton of Richborough and the Right Rev Andrew Burnham of Ebbsfleet, met in Rome with senior officials from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) last week. The meetings were high level and at least discreet if not "secret" as some reports indicate. The reports on the content of the discussions and the reasons for the meeting vary greatly, depending upon which news source one considers more reliable. the rest