Church Times on Wikileaks

17 12 2010

From the Church Times:

Diplomatic fears that the creation of the Ordinariate might lead to violence against Roman Catholics in the UK are “completely wrong” and a misreading of the situation, said one of the Bishops leaving the Church of England.

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Mr Campbell is also reported to have said that the Pope’s move to establish the Ordinariate had placed Dr Williams in an “impossible situation”, and that Anglican-Roman Catholic relations were now facing their worst crisis in 150 years. Bishop Burnham said he thought that Dr Williams had been “put in a difficult position”: “It is my under­standing that he had thought that the Ordinariate — which he was given warning of — was for Angli­cans in other countries rather than in the UK.” He said that the Ordinariate was going to start “very gently” in the UK next year, however, with only a “couple of dozen” groups.

“There are a few pioneering groups, who will be small in num­ber; but, once [they are] established, there will be people who want to join them. But I don’t think it will do any dam­age to the Church of England or the Roman Catholic Church.”

Mr Campbell has refused to comment on the leaks.

The RC author and broad­caster Clifford Longley told BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme that Mr Camp­bell was “a man with his feet on the ground — he might have been making a joke.” Mr Longley said that rifts between the Anglican and RC Churches had moved on since these cables were written: “This was all before the Papal visit this year, and in many respects the visit of Pope Benedict did help to heal that rift.”

 

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