- May 28, 2020
When representatives from different Christian churches gathered in Rome to talk about exorcism with Catholic seminarians last week, one frightening point that came up was that an increasing number of people are choosing to be possessed.
When visiting an Anglican church in Rome, Pope Francis barely referred to the theological, institutional dialogue between Anglicans and Catholics. Instead he indicated three roads to Christian unity: an attitude of humility, shared prayer and actions witnessing to God’s mercy, and learning from the creativity of young churches in the global south.
Jonathan Boardman, pastor of All Saints Anglican Church in Rome, said that in his opinion, the reason a papal visit to an Anglican parish is possible now rather than in the past is likely due to “the fact that we’ve got Pope Francis.”
By removing a dedicated pastor at an Anglican Use parish, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio has not only engaged in a striking overreach, but he’s fed perceptions that Catholic prelates are inflexible, authoritarian and aggressively assertive.
Father Dwight Longenecker has a proposal for Protestants who might like to be in communion with Rome while still maintaining their own church and traditions, and it is creating something akin to the Anglican ordinariate. With the 500th anniversary of Luther’s separation upon us, Longenecker asks why not replicate the ordinariate model for the Lutherans?
Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Wleby of Canterbury are expected to meet in Rome Oct. 5 at the Basilica of San Gregorio al Celio, the spot from which Pope Gregory the Great sent the monk Augustine with 40 companions to evangelize the island of Britain, considered by Anglicans as their “motherhouse.”