Field of Dreams: if you build it, they will come!


Thank you, Holy Father
September 19, 2010, 6:44 pm
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The final paragraph of the Holy Father’s addrss to the Bishops at Oscott:

“The other matter I touched upon in February with the Bishops of England and Wales, when I asked you to be generous in implementing the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus. This should be seen as a prophetic gesture that can contribute postitively to the developing relations between Anglicans and Catholics. It helps us to set our sights on the ultimate goal of all ecumenical activity: the restoration of full ecclesial communion in the context of which the mutual exchange of gifts from our respective spiritual patrimonies serves as an enrichment to us all. Let us continue to pray and work unceasingly in order to hasten the joyful day when the goal can be accomplished.”

It was, of course, at the first Synod of the newly restored Hierarchy, in 1852, that Blessed John Henry Newman preached his sermon on “The Second Spring”. It has been a typically English Spring, often cold and wet. Let us hope the Holy Father’s words presage Summer at last!

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