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Monday, May 16, 2005

Catholic-Anglican agreement on Mary

Via The Corner it appears that the Catholic Church and Anglican Communion have come to an understanding about the role of Mary, in a document called Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ, which in a cursory look on the web I cannot at the moment find.

At particular issue here are the Catholic doctrines of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (incidentally these are the only two matters on which the process of infallibility has been used in the last couple of centuries - which is slightly odd when you consider that the Feast of the Assumption has been going since the time of the Emperor Maurice in the late 6th century). The Anglican objection here - as is the usual Protestant objection to the Catholic Tradition - is that there is no scriptural basis. Of course, Catholics do not believe is sola scriptura, and that is the real root of the conflict.

According to the article though the Anglicans have essentialy agreed that nothing in these doctrines contradicts Anglcan teaching. However, hints of the deeper problem show through with the following little sentance:

The only remaining question between the faiths is the authority on which those dogmas are based, he said - a question to be tackled in future discussions.

I am not entirely sure what to make of that, save that the underlying difference of course remains.

Of course, I say all this not having read the document in question, because I cannot at the moment find it. If/when I do, I will read and may even post a follow-up.

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