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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Bishop Hollis expresses sadness at pause in ecumenical dialogue
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¬†Bishop Crispian Hollis, Chairman of the Department of Mission and Unity of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales, and Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth, on the International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) issued the following statement today. The postponement, albeit temporary, of the next stage of the IARCCUM dialogue is for me a moment of genuine ecumenical sadness. I have been involved in these conversations for three years and, although there have been many difficulties and differences to be overcome, I really felt that there was beginning to be indications of real and genuine progress. There were signs that were promising so much. However, it is important to remember that we have not been involved in a dialogue just with the Church of England. We have been talking with the worldwide Anglican Communion. In such conversations we need to know, on the level of Church, who we are talking to and the Anglicans themselves need to be able to speak in such a way that they are confident of being representative of the whole Anglican Communion. Present circumstances make that very difficult and this is why ≠ and perhaps it is for the best ≠ that the current series of talks has been postponed. I pray that this postponement is only temporary. I am more determined than ever to work as hard as I have ever done to play my part in bringing about that full and visible unity for which Christ prayed. Certainly there is much to be done and achieved at the local level in England and both Catholics and Anglicans are fully committed to the ecumenical journey.
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