In the same week when His Holiness Benedict XVI was reiterating the alleged “defectus” of us “ecclesial communities of the Reformation”, I went to the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church in Manchester, where we headed each set of agenda with the question “What are the ecumenical implications of this?”
I wonder if His Holiness consults his successor Cardinal Levada in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith before making such comments? And also Cardinal Kasper of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, who will have to do the damage control afterwards?
The Conference of the Methodist Church (in Blackpool) and the General Synod of the Church of England (in York) also met in the same week. This year, we all met in different cities in the north of England. When will we all meet together?
In the same week, I was prompted to read Charta Œcumenica signed in 2001 by Cardinal Vlk, president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences and Metropolitan JÃ©rÃ©mie, president of the Conference of European Churches.
Then on Thursday of the same week, our minister Susan Durber presented to Churches Together in Central Oxford the document The Nature and Mission of the Church, from the Faith and Order Standing Commission (of which she is a member) at the World Council of Churches.
In the same week, I was also prompted to read the revised Directory on Mixed Marriages promulgated by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (1990), which referred to the motu proprio Matrimonia mixta. Who is/are the “bishop/s” in the “domestic church”? (See, for example, Lumen Gentium at 11.)
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