Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, on the eve for the first time in the history of the commits together Vespers in Rome in the Church of St. Gregory on the Caelian hill, “don’t leave” of their efforts on the formal reunification of the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church, but it is hampered by unresolved issues related to the field of sexuality and the Church’s Ministry to women. It is a joint Catholic-Anglican statement quoted by Christian Radio, was made after a meeting in honor of the 50th anniversary of ecumenism (the movement to convergence) of the two churches.

The celebration was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Anglican centre in Rome, where Catholics and Anglicans meet, study theology, pray together and do Church services. During this time two churches come to agreement on several articles, including baptism, the sacrament, the use of the Bible, missionary work and the gospel (preaching the gospel).

At the same time, the heads of churches acknowledged that ecumenism there are still “serious obstacles” and they “do not see” the way forward in the key theological issues such as the role of women in Church Ministry and issues related to sexuality.

Despite the differences, the heads of the churches spoke of “common faith, common baptism,” calling parishioners of both churches “brothers and sisters”. As stated in the joint Declaration signed before the ceremony, Pope Francis and Archbishop Welby confirmed their willingness to overcome obstacles along the Ecumenical path to full unity. This path runs not only through theological questions, but also through specific actions, devoted to such General topics as the care of creation, mercy, and the promotion of peace on earth, retells the Declaration of the “Vatican Radio”.

The Anglican community global spiritual leader who is the head of the Church of England, in fact you’ll be a liberal interpretation of some controversial issues. In September 2013 the Church of England for the first time in the history of the UK and Ireland have erected in a dignity of Bishop, a woman priest in November of the same year in Australia Bishop of the Church of England was first elected a woman, and in September 2016 in the Anglican Church of Canada for the first time in history elected openly gay Bishop. However, the Synod of bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, which met in the Vatican in the fall of 2014 and 2015, called for respect for homosexuals and non-traditional couples, “despite the drop, may become worthy members of the Church”, but neither gays nor women in Rome not yet officially ordained.

The service in Rome was the first joint service of the heads of the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches after a breakup that occurred in 1534. According to the Agency “Blagovest-info”, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Anglican centre in Rome 36 Anglican and Catholic bishops from 19 countries gathered on 30 September in English Canterbury on interfaith meeting. Vespers in Rome was the culmination of the celebrations.

During worship on the Celio on the finger of Justin Welby had a ring, given in 1966 by Pope Paul VI, the then Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey. 50 years ago, the spiritual head of the Anglicans was first adopted in the Vatican after the split in 1534, it was then created the Anglican centre in Rome, which became a kind of permanent mission of the Anglican Church at the Vatican.

According to the Director of the centre David Moxon, for the last 50 years, there has been “clear progress towards greater unity” between the two churches. “Complete unity between the two traditions is possible”, he said and added that 85% of the creed Anglicans and Catholics coincide.



Pope Francis and Archbishop Welby announced that the final convergence of their churches interfere with sexuality 06.10.2016

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