Archbishop of Canterbury speaks to Roman Catholic Synod of Bishops

Thinking Anglicans reports:

Archbishop of Canterbury addressed the “Thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith”.

The full text of his remarks can be found here.

For some helpful information on the event, see this blog by the Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft, who is also attending the synod. His first entry is .

Further background material can be found here.


There's a deficit the Vatican's understanding of Anglican Communion ecclesiology revealed in its announcement here:
On 10 October His Grace Rowan Williams, archbishop of Canterbury and primate of the Anglican Communion, will address the assembly to outline the Anglican approach to the challenge of new evangelisation for the transmission of the Christian faith.

Emphasis added.

More - The Pope opens the Synod on the new evangelization (Oct 2)

Such renewed evangelical dynamism produces a beneficent influence on the two specific "branches" developed by it, that is, on the one hand, the Missio ad Gentes or the announcement of the Gospel to those who do not yet know Jesus Christ and his message of salvation, and, on the other hand, the new evangelization, directed principally at those who, though baptized, have drifted away from the Church and live without reference to the Christian life.
Our emphasis.

Comments (3)

NewsFlash!: ABC Williams denied seating at his own presentation before RCC Synod!

Rome Oct. 10: Bishop Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was denied seating at the Synod of Catholic Bishops this afternoon for his own presentation.

Left cooling his heels in the foyer by Vatican guards, he stood in rapt awe as his presentation was made for him by Antonio Cardinal Zuppa, Secretary of Humiliation for the Curia.

"I sounded pretty good," ++Williams told reporters later, "but I don't remember writing it in Italian."

When asked why ++Williams was not allowed to give his own presentation at the Synod, Cardinal Zuppa said something about a misunderstanding, and that ++Williams was late for his own presentation, so Zuppa stood in for him.

Film at eleven.

Kevin McGrane

"the new evangelization, directed principally at those who, though baptized, have drifted away from the Church and live without reference to the Christian life"

i.e., all those RCs who support marriage equality.

JC Fisher

If the Vatican is concerned that the members of its church that it has lost find a church home, then the kindest thing the Archbishop of Canterbury could do is to offer them a spiritual home. It would be the most pastoral thing to do, since under Pope Benedict there's no chance the Roman Catholic Church is going change; the alienation of disaffected Catholics will continue. One hopes the Roman Catholic Church will change for the better. And the Church of England will, too, for that matter.

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