Monday, July 07, 2008
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A Canterbury Tale

It's been almost 450 years since the Church of England made its final break from Roman Catholicism during the reign of Elizabeth I. Now, alarmed at the direction their own Church has taken in recent years, it appears that significant numbers of conservative, "high church" Anglicans are seriously considering reunion with Rome:
(London Telegraph) Senior Church of England bishops have held secret talks with Vatican officials to discuss the crisis in the Anglican communion over gays and women bishops. They met senior advisers of the Pope in an attempt to build closer ties with the Roman Catholic Church, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt.

Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was not told of the talks and the disclosure will be a fresh blow to his efforts to prevent a major split in the Church of England.

In highly confidential discussions, a group of conservative bishops expressed their dismay at the liberal direction of the Church of England and their fear for its future.

They met members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the most powerful of the Vatican's departments, the successor to the medieval Inquisition, which enforces doctrine and was headed by Pope Benedict XVI before his election.