Religion: New Signals About Reunification

A top Vatican aide sends a proposal to the Anglicans

For the world's 825 million Roman Catholics and 65 million Anglican Christians (known in the U.S. as Episcopalians), the pursuit of church reunion has been a lengthy and delicate exercise. In 1966, Rome and Canterbury authorized talks leading to the formation of a commission to examine the religious schism that originated so dramatically in the marital frustrations of King Henry VIII. In 1982, on the eve of Pope John Paul II's historic visit to Britain, the commission issued a report saying that "substantial agreement" was possible on the major issues stemming from the 16th century rupture. The Pope and Archbishop of...

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