VATICAN city, 5 Dec – RIA Novosti, Sergei Elders. Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has acknowledged the existence of serious differences between Catholics and Anglicans associated with the problem of the construction of women in Holy orders and issues relating to human sexuality.
Wednesday evening spiritual leaders took part in the Liturgy in the Roman Church of saints Andrew and Gregory on the Celio on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting between their predecessors – blessed Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Michael rasheem.
At the end of the meeting the head of the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England issued a joint statement, the text of which was published by the print service of the Holy see. In this document it is noted that during the meeting in 1966 it was recognized the existence of serious obstacles to the restoration of Christian unity and the decision on the establishment of an International Anglican-Catholic Commission to conduct a serious theological dialogue.
As a result of communication over the past years in many areas has been made great progress, according to the statement. “However, new circumstances have brought new divisions among us, especially in relation to the construction of women in Holy orders and issues relating to human sexuality,” — said in a joint document. The authors recognize that these problems represent serious obstacles to the full unity of Catholics and Anglicans. While Pope Francis and Archbishop Welby indicated that although they do not see ways to overcome these obstacles, however, they do not despair and do not lose heart.
“These differences can’t stop us mutually recognize themselves as brothers and sisters in Christ by virtue of our common baptism. These differences should not lead to a decrease in our Ecumenical efforts,” reads the joint statement.