Rome and the Anglican Church
Author: Professor Walter J. Veith, PhD
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Summary: The Archbishops of Canterbury and the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission have been instrumental in the success of the ecumenical movement in Anglican circles.
 
This article is part of a series. We recommend that you first read: Unity among Christians.
 

The ecumenical movement has successfully included the Anglican denomination, partly due to the work of these men:

Nicky Gumbel

Anglican Reverend Nicky Gumbel, the main force behind the Alpha Course evangelistic tool. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Reverend Nicky Gumbel, the man responsible for the Alpha Course since 1990, says that the differences between Protestants and Catholics are, "totally insignificant compared to the things that unite us...we need to UNITE around the death of Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus; the absolute essential things at the core of the Christian faith on which we are all agreed. We need to give people liberty to disagree on the things which are secondary."i

He also said that they "make it a rule in Alpha never to criticize another denomination, another Christian church or a Christian leader."ii

Catholic Bishop Ambrose Griffiths commends Gumbel's Alpha Course for being a “powerful evangelistic tool...it doesn’t contain anything that is contrary to Catholic doctrine.”iii

Michael Ramsey

The Anglican Communion: Worldly, Worldwide, Catholic and Protestant
Cover,
 TIME (August 16, 1993).

In 1966, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Michael Ramsey predicted the reunification of the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches. His successor, Dr. Donald Coggan, declared that the Pope would have the authority in such a union. Ramsey and Pope Paul VI initiated the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) in 1967 to investigate doctrinal differences. In 1977, ARCIC issued the following statement:

It seems appropriate that in any future union, a universal primacy, such as has been described, should be held by [the Roman] See.iv

Robert Runcie and George Carey

In 1989, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Reverend Robert Runcie went to Rome and urged Christians to consider the Pope’s primacy as spiritual leader. He wore a ring given to Michael Ramsey by Pope Paul VI, and told Pope John Paul II that, "It was a sign not unlike an engagement ring."v

The successor of Robert Runcie was George Carey. Carey was a committed ecumenist, and chairman of the Faith and Order Advisory Group that deals with church doctrinal issues. According to TIME, “he has been closely associated with the charismatic renewal movement, which practices speaking in tongues.”vi

He encouraged parishioners to visit shrines of Mary and rejected literal interpretations of Biblical events such as Creation and the Flood. He has publicly gone on record as a supporter of reunification with Rome.

Rowan Williams

The last Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, attended both John Paul II's funeral and Benedict XIV's inauguration in 2005. According to the Archbishop of Canterbury's website, Willams was "the first serving Archbishop of Canterbury to attend a Pope's funeral."vii Archbishop Williams wore a cross given to him by Pope John Paul II and the ring given to former Archbishop Michael Ramsey by Pope Paul VI.

Justin Welby

The current Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, uses Catholic models for spiritual discipline and has a Roman Catholic preist, Fr. Nicolas Buttet, as his spiritual director.

At his 1st official visit to Pope Francis, he said:

Having for many years found inspiration in the great corpus of Catholic social teaching, and worked on its implications with Catholic groups; having spent retreats in new orders of the Church in France, and being accompanies by the Prior of another new order; I do indeed feel that I am (in the words of Pope Paul VI to Archbishop Michael) coming to a place where I can feel myself at home.

Your Holiness, we are called by the Holy Spirit of God, through our fraternal love, to continue the work that has been the precious gift to popes and archbishops of Canterbury for these past fifty years, and of which this famous ring is the enduring token. I pray that the nearness of our two inaugurations may serve the reconciliation of the world and the Church.viii

The ARCIC's Gift of Authority

The Daily Telegraph (June 1999)....

In 1999, the ARCIC issued a joint statement called The Gift of Authority that discusses the role of authority and unity in the two churches. The document promoted Anglican submission to the Pope as a universal leader:

The Commission's work has resulted in sufficient agreement on universal primacy as a gift to be shared, for us to propose that such a primacy could be offered and received even before our churches are in full communion…An experience of universal primacy of this kind would confirm two particular conclusions we have reached:
* that Anglicans be open to and desire a recovery and re-­reception under certain clear conditions of the exercise of universal primacy by the Bishop of Rome;
*that Roman Catholics be open to and desire a re-­reception of the exercise of primacy by the Bishop of Rome and the offering of such a ministry to the whole Church of God.ix

With this statement, the Anglican Church has surrendered its Protestant heritage and has subjected itself to papal authority. By doing so, the Anglican Church has officially made itself part of Babylon

Read about similar changes taking place in the Lutheran Church, or learn how Anglican theologian C.S. Lewis has followed the lead of the Roman Catholic Church in several matters of doctrine.


i. "Session 13," White Alpha training manual (video V Talk 14): 63-68.

ii. Telling Others: 114.

iii. Alpha News (July 1997): 1

iv. London Church Times (January 21, 1977).

v. TIME (October 16, 1989).

vi. Anne Constable, Helen Gibson, and Richard Ostling, “Dramatic Choice for Canterbury,” TIME (August 6, 1990).

vii. "Archbishop of Canterbury to attend Pope's Funeral,"(April 5, 2005).

viii. Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, The Gift of Authority (May 1999).

This article is adapted from Truth Matters by Professor Walter J. Veith, an international speaker who has studied Biblical issues in-depth in his quest for truth. His popular series Genesis Conflict brings the debate between Creation and evolution to a new climax as he dissects the arguments with a scientific eye. His highly-acclaimed series Total Onslaught sheds light on the state of the world today as we move to a one-world government and an anticipated apocalypse.
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