Whilst I am a die-hard and devout Roman Catholic, I am also a Briton and proud of it. And ever since childhood, for some reason, I have greatly fancied the Church of England. I still to this day attend Evensong whenever I can at Anglican/Episcopal Churches because I think they are absolutely beautiful.
As I’m sure many of you have heard, a couple of days ago the Church of England has decided to ordain women as bishops. As you know, in the mid 90’s they decided to ordain women to the priesthood and that scarred the Church of England immensely(in fact, it’s still scarring them to this day). At a time when the Anglican Communion is falling apart, now the Church has to go on and ordain women as bishops? Quare?
Anyway, my main concern as a British Roman Catholic, and as someone who is keen on the Church of England, is hopes of reuniting our two Churches. It has for some time now been in the interests of Rome to become into full communion with Canterbury as it once was before the English Reformation. But the step the Church of England has decided to take is one step farther away for ecumenism. Pope Benedict XVI even expressed his sadness on the Church of England’s decision.