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Fr. Longenecker on Anglican Concerns

Fr. Dwight Longenecker asks some pertinent questions concerning unity:

Our local vicar in the combox says, "When Pope Benedict talks to Anglicans about church unity what he really means is 'Come and join us.'"

Of course this is true in a sense, but when he says "Come and join us." Benedict is not expecting total conformity and uniformity in all things. That's what the Ordinariate is all about. What he has in mind is a growing family of different small groups like Anglicans and the Eastern churches, coming into full communion while retaining their own patrimony of liturgy and customs and also being granted a measure of autonomy both materially and in matters of governance.
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