Pontifical Council for promoting Christian unity…

…judges Francis’ idea on the Church’s fault for the Anglican schism

  • The Anglicans themselves requested to put a hold on the meetings geared toward their full union with the Catholic Church in order to bless unions between persons of the same sex

In 2003, the decision of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America to ordain as bishop a priest in an active homosexual relationship, as well as the introduction of a rite of blessing for same sex couples in the Diocese of New Westminster in the Anglican Church of Canada, created new obstacles for relations between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. As a result of these actions and the uncertainty they created, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity agreed with representatives of the Anglican Communion to put on hold the plenary meetings of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM), while maintaining close communication with the Anglican Communion Office and with Lambeth Palace. Established in 2001, IARCCUM is an episcopally led body aimed at fostering practical initiatives that would give expression to the degree of faith shared by Anglicans and Catholics. (Pontifical Council for promoting Christian unity. Update on relations with the Anglican Communion, April 27, 2005)