Skip to comments.Forward in Faith 'in talks with Vatican'
Posted on 07/29/2009 7:54:25 AM PDT by markomalley
A well-connected Rome source reports that Forward in Faith, the umbrella group for conservative Anglo-Catholics in the C of E, is talking to the Vatican about corporate union. Heres the odd thing about the rumour: it claims that Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna is meeting with Bishop John Broadhurst of Fulham at the suggestion of the Holy Father.
The model for the move to Rome could be the proposed reception of the Traditional Anglican Communion into the Catholic Church. But Broadhurst has very firmly denied that Forward in Faith is throwing in its lot with the TAC, a rebel Anglican group that has already submitted to the Magisterium.
Now, if theres one thing I know about Bishop Broadhurst is that hes a wily old fox. He blows hot and cold on the subject of Rome, perhaps because he was baptised a Roman Catholic. Im sure he wouldnt dream of joining the TAC in any shape or form - but hell be jolly interested in the details of any deal it does with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
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The original (if you don't count Herod) - Lord Lovat, a/k/a Sim Fraser, 'the old fox', the last peer of the realm executed for treason.
He may have to if he's serious about unity with Rome. If the deal with the TAC goes through, they will most likely be "way" for any others who are interested. It wouldn't make sense for the Vatican to treat each branch (or track or whatever term you want to use) of disaffected Anglicans as a separate transaction.
If some kind of personal prelature or uniate type of arrangement is what transpires, it wouldn't make sense to have more than one. If they can't humble themselves to merge with other Anglicans, why would anyone assume they can humble themselves to merge with Rome?