- Aug 6, 2020
For a little over a year, from May 2016 to July 2017, Bishop Bruce Myers of the Anglican Diocese of Quebec lived with Cardinal Gerald Lacroix. It was a unique kind of ecumenical dialogue.
The idea that the pope, as the “first bishop” of the church, has a leadership role that other bishops do not is an especially large stumbling block for Eastern Orthodox Christians, but one that the Catholic and Orthodox churches are committed to discussing.
In many ways, the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion are on closer terms than they have ever been in their history. Despite this relationship, the situation for Anglo-Catholics in the Church of England itself is getting worse: An Anglo-Catholic bishop withdrew his nomination as the Anglican Bishop of Sheffield due to protests over his opposition to the ordination of women.
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.”
Pope Francis will visit All Saints Anglican Church in Rome to mark the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Anglican parish community in the heart of the Eternal City. The pope will take part in the blessing and dedication of an icon to celebrate the church’s anniversary.
Despite continuing dialogue, unity between the Anglican and Catholic Churches seems as far away as ever. But there are practical examples of where communion between the two is real. One of them is the burgeoning parish and school of Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio, Texas.