Bunches of readers (CHTs all round) e-mailed me
It's by our favorite Times reporter, Ruth "I'm Too Dangerously Unqualified To Keep My Job" Gledhill.
Radical proposals to reunite Anglicans with the Roman Catholic Church under the leadership of the Pope are to be published this year, The Times has learnt.
The proposals have been agreed by senior bishops of both churches.
In a 42-page statement prepared by an international commission of both churches, Anglicans and Roman Catholics are urged to explore how they might reunite under the Pope.
The statement, leaked to The Times, is being considered by the Vatican, where Catholic bishops are preparing a formal response.
It comes as the archbishops who lead the 38 provinces of the Anglican Communion meet in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in an attempt to avoid schism over gay ordination and other liberal doctrines that have taken hold in parts of the Western Church.
Now, to anyone with a smidge of familiarity with the Catholic-Anglican dialogue, this just screams "Total nonsense! Gledhill, once again, hasn't the faintest idea what she's talking about!"
The idea that there is going to be an imminent reunion of the Anglican communion with Rome--or even a sizeable schism within it that then reunites with Rome in the near future--is preposterous. Instead, what we have here is Gledhill incompetently and sensationalistically getting the story wrong.
A specific dialogue body involving Anglicans and Catholics has prepared--not a practical plan for reunion--but a preliminary meditation on the state of dialogue and cooperation between the two Churches. Nothing more.
If Gledhill had
an ounce28 grams of knowledge about how these kinds of things work, she would know that.
Or maybe she does know it and is wilfully distorting the story in order to get a sensationalized "scoop."
Either way, it's journalistic incompetence, so take your pick.
Needless to say, the body actually publishing the document was quick to fire back.
WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY IS WITHERING.