The Independent newspaper comments on today’s announcement:
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, told a press conference following a plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England that he did not feel guilty about the defection of Anglican clergy.
He referred to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s comment that he did not view the scheme as an “aggressive act” and said the Catholic Church was responding to requests.
“This is a response to requests,” he said. “It’s very interesting that yesterday, speaking in Rome, Archbishop Rowan said he did not view this as an aggressive act, so I don’t feel guilty.
“I think you have to be very sensitive to the point at which people arrive in their lives when they have a profound conviction about where and how they must live their Christian discipleship.
“It’s out of respect for that imperative of conscience that all of this takes place.
“This is not a process of rivalry or competition between our two churches and, indeed, we believe that mutual strength is very important because we have a shared mission, because we have a shared task. We are not in competition over the task of trying to bring the gospel to this society.”
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