Saturday, October 24, 2009

Anglican head rejects Pope’s offer on priests

From Kenya-

Kenya's Anglican Church on Wednesday rejected an offer by Pope Benedict that would have seen married Anglican priests join priesthood in the Catholic Church.

The action by the Anglican clergy potentially puts it in conflict with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who had responded to the offer through a letter copied to all provinces worldwide.

“I do not see why it is necessary at this point in history,” ACK Archbishop Eliud Wabukala told the Nation.


“The Archbishop of Canterbury sent us letters welcoming the offer but for him, it is essentially to deal with the local England context and does not apply to other provinces,” he added.

Archbishop Wabukala said there were major differences on how Catholics and Anglicans, whom he described as more evangelicals, understand the ministry and sacrament, which he said have to be harmonised before any formal reunion.

Any Anglican priest intending to cross over to the Catholic Church must understand these differences beforehand, he said.

“There are theological differences, for instance, the way we understand the ministry and administration of sacrament are quite different,” he added.

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