Religion: A Pope for Anglicans?

Pope Paul VI himself has said it: his own office is "unquestionably the most serious obstacle on the path of ecumenism." A significant step toward overcoming that obstacle was taken last week when an official commission of Anglican and Roman Catholic theologians announced their agreement that "in any future union a universal primacy" should be held by the "see of Rome."

Neither the Pope nor the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. F. Donald Coggan, endorsed the agreement; they simply approved its publication for discussion. Not until the 1980s is the commission expected to draft its final proposal for ending the split,...

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