Friday, October 23, 2015

Who’s that bright Anglican outsider at Vatican bishops’ synod?

From The National Catholic Reporter-

Anglican Bishop Tim Thornton’s vivid purple cassock instantly marks him as an outsider at the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops on the family, a bright spot against a backdrop of deeper purple and red sashes and zucchettos worn by Catholic bishops and cardinals.
Thornton, from Cornwall, England, is one of 14 “fraternal delegates” to bring views of other churches to the synod discussions. Others include representatives from the Baptist World Alliance and the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Thornton, whose work involves fostering dialogue between Anglicans and Catholics in England and Wales, said he was struck by the approach of some Catholic bishops at the synod.

“There have been some huge surprises. I think clearly for some of the bishops, the very idea of talking together and having a discussion that might change something is still a pretty big step for them,” he said.

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