Religion: Blueprint for Union

Anglicans and Catholics negotiate the role of the papacy

After the Second Vatican Council, the Roman Catholic Church dropped its aloof attitude toward the ecumenical movement and began discussions with numerous other Christian churches. The most promising negotiations of all were with the Anglican Communion, which originated when King Henry VIII broke with Rome but which still considers itself a bridge between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism. For more than a decade a joint Anglican-Roman Catholic commission has been working to develop a theological basis for reunion. Next week Rome and Canterbury are expected to issue the group's final proposals. In the report...

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