Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Anglican Mary

Britain, UK news from The Times and The Sunday Times - Times Online: "In the passage likely to cause most dissent, the document says the infallible dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption — the teachings that Mary was herself conceived “without sin” and that on death she was “assumed” body and soul into Heaven — are “consonant with the teaching of the Scriptures”.

The document is not intended itself to be authoritative but to be a basis for discussion. Its authors admit openly to the hope that the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion will recognise a “common faith” concerning Mary as outlined in the paper.

This would mean that the Marian teaching of the Roman Church would come to be seen as an “authentic expression” of Christian belief by Anglicans, and vice versa."


  1. I've never quite understood ecumenicalism. If the Anglicans believed everything the Roman Catholics believed, they would be Catholics by now. It can't all be put down to a lack of dialgoue or understanding.

    In any event, since the Anglicans don't require their bishops to believe in the Virgin Birth, I doubt they will require them to advocate the Assumption or the Immaculate COnception.

    Ecumenicalism strikes me as a way to give jobs to otherwise unemployable church bureacrats.