UNITY, not only among Anglicans, but across the great historical divide between Churches was the vision set before the tenth General Synod at its inauguration on Tuesday.

In a sermon delivered before the Queen and the whole Synod, the Preacher to the Papal Household, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, praised the Reformation, urged Christians not to remain “prisoners of the past”, and called for unity to begin with the “big Churches”, already seen as one by their persecutors.

“Nothing is more important than to fulfil Christ’s heart desire for unity,” he said. “In many parts of the world, people are killed and churches burned not because they are Catholic, or Anglican, or Pentecostals, but because they are Christians. In their eyes, we are one. Let us be one also in our eyes, and in the eyes of God.”

In a “post-Christian world”, this unity must start with “the big Churches . . . putting together that which unites them, which is vastly more important than what divides them,” he said. The Anglican Church had a “special role” to play in achieving unity, he said. “It must now become more and more a via media in a dynamic sense, exercising an active function as a bridge between the Churches.” CONTINUE READING