UNITED UNDER THE POPE?
Front page story in The Times today highlights a new report from some ecumenical committee which suggests that Anglicans could unite with Catholics under the Pope....well, of course some possibly will in due course, but to suggest that the whole Anglican Communion, or even a large bit of it, could just be told summarily that this was about to happen, new lines drawn on a map, that's the scheme everyone, is silly.
The only reason to join the Catholic Church is if you believe its doctrines and moral teachings - including an understanding of the role of the Pope as successor of St Peter, the Church as the "pillar and ground of truth" etc etc....
Radio discussion about this on the Jeremy Vine Show, where I was with the excellent Ann Widdecombe MP who is an old friend and of course a convert to Catholicism. She was forthright and sensible, as usual, and we were helped by a v. nice Evangelical Anglican who patiently explained that he represented a whole school of thought which sincerely opposes some Catholic doctrines (seven sacraments, for example)and in no way want to unite with "the Roman Church" which they truly consider to be in error.
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Ann and I shared a taxi back to Westminster, and had a good talk. She was able to recommend an excellent children's author, Michael Morpurgo and I shall now read some of his books and use this in my talk on the subject. It is always much more useful to recommend the good than to denounce the bad, and although I have a good list of all the obvious classic children's authors (E. Nesbit, Arthur Ransome, A.A.Milne, C.S.Lewis,etc etc) I need lots of good new ones, too.