ANGLICANS: ROWAN WILLIAMS, "THE ECUMENICAL GLASS IS HALF-FULL"” “

"The ecumenical glass is genuinely half-full" – the speech delivered this afternoon by Rowan Williams, archbishop of Canterbury and primate of the Anglican Communion, at the symposium promoted by the Gregorian University on the figure of card. Willebrands is quite optimistic. The archbishop – guest of Card. Walter Kasper – is in Rome to take part in a series of talks following the release of the Apostolic Constitution "Anglicanorum Coetibus". In his long speech, the archbishop took stock of the situation of the ecumenical relations between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church. "Since the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, the Roman Catholic Church has been involved in a number of dialogues with other churches – including with the Anglican Communion – which have produced a very considerable number of agreed statements", he said. The archbishop also declared to have read with great interest the latest book by "our greatly loved and respected friend" card. Kasper "Harvesting the Fruits" in which the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity harvests the fruits of the theological dialogue between the Reformed Churches. What emerges from the book is a "strong convergence" – said Williams – and this text "is to be taken seriously". (continued)” “” “

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