Religion: JohnPaul's Ecumenical Warning

The "woman question" dims hopes of Anglican-Catholic union

At the grandly symbolic site of England's Canterbury Cathedral, the mother see of the worldwide Anglican Communion, Pope John Paul II in 1982 joined Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie in launching a bold venture. Following 16 years of ecumenical talks, the two church leaders inaugurated a second round of negotiations to examine whether Roman Catholicism and Anglicanism could come to recognize each other's priests and bishops. Such recognition would end 4 1/2 centuries of separation between two major wings of Christianity and pave the way for reunion.

Since 1982 the joint panel of theological negotiators has reached a deft compromise on...

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