Pope unity move ‘not act of proselytism or aggression’ says Rowan Williams
The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams discovered just two weeks ago that the Holy See was preparing to set up an Apostolic Constitution to provide Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans and former Anglicans who wish to enter into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. You can read here the Archbishop’s joint letter with the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols. Below is the text of the letter that Dr Williams has sent today to the bishops of the Church of England and primates of the Anglican Communion, followed by the warm response from two of the CofE’s flying bishops. Rowan Williams says in the letter that this should not be regarded as an act of proselytism or aggression by Rome. He also admits he only knew of this at a very late stage, which just goes to show he doesn’t read the newspapers as we all wrote last year that traditionalists were in talks with Rome about doing something like this. The flying bishops confess as much in their statement, indeed.