Damian Thompson has an interesting post at Holy Smoke about the continuing Anglican Lambeth hijinx.
My emphases and comments:
Anglicans facing ‘spiritual Alzheimer’s’ says Cardinal at Lambeth
Wednesday, July 23, 2008, 07:01 AM GMT
A senior Vatican Cardinal visiting the Lambeth Conference has delivered an incredible rebuff to its 650 Anglican bishops, telling them they are heading towards “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and “ecclesial Parkinson’s”.
The comments by Cardinal Ivan Dias, Prefect of the Congregation for Evangelisation, must count as one of the rudest things a Vatican prelate has said to Anglicans since the dawn of the ecumenical era.
It can mean only one thing: Rome – and therefore the Pope – has given up on the Anglican Communion. [Rather hard to argue with that, really. When sitting Prefects say something this explosive, they mean business.] Here is the quote, from Cardinal Dias’s address to the conference yesterday evening:
“Much is spoken today of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. By analogy, their symptoms can, at times, be found even in our own Christian communities. For example, when we live myopically in the fleeting present, oblivious of our past heritage and apostolic traditions, we could well be suffering from spiritual Alzheimer’s. And when we behave in a disorderly manner, going whimsically our own way without any co-ordination with the head or the other members of our community, it could be ecclesial Parkinson’s.” [Whew! – D’ya s’pose he got applause?]
Diaz is one of those Cardinals who favours welcoming traditionalist Anglicans into the Catholic Church. I reckon that liberals will be deeply insulted by his barbs – not least on grounds of political correctness – but that traditionalists will be nodding their heads in agreement.
One thing I’d love to know: did Cardinal Dias clear his speech with Cardinals Kasper and Murphy-O’Connor before he delivered it? Don’t bet on it.
You can read the whole text of Card. Diaz’s speech here.