Then from New York, Father George Rutler – who also came to the Church from the Anglican tradition – discussed the document in even blunter terms than Father Longenecker.
“It is a dramatic slap-down of liberal Anglicanism and a total repudiation of the ordination of women, homosexual marriage and the general neglect of doctrine in Anglicanism,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Father Rutler zeroed in on the announcement’s implications for ecumenism, saying that the Vatican’s emphasis on the “spiritual patrimony” of Anglicanism, rather than its doctrine, is telling.
“Indeed, it is a final rejection of Anglicanism,” he said. “(It) makes clear that it is not a historic “church” but rather an “ecclesial community” that strayed and now is invited to return to communion with the Pope as Successor of Peter.”
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