Monday, December 13, 2010

Anglicanorum coetibus might incite violence against Catholics

Well, that was based on the assessment of the British ambassador to the Vatican after the release of Anglicanorum coetibus. And this was also based on the document uploaded by Wikileaks.

The report below is according to the Telegraph.


The Pope's offer to Anglicans to convert to Catholicism risked inciting discrimination and even violence towards Catholics in Britain, according to leaked US diplomatic cables.

The confidential reports claimed that the British ambassador to the Vatican believed relations with the Holy See as being at "their worst crisis in 150 years".

It followed Pope Benedict XVI's special dispensation to disaffected Anglicans who are against the ordination of women priests to turn to the Catholic faith. He said they could convert in groups while retaining their own leadership and some of their rites in a body called an Ordinariate.

After a meeting between the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, in November 2009 British ambassador Francis Campbell told a US diplomat that "Anglican-Vatican relations were facing their worst crisis in 150-years as a result of the pope's decision".

He also described the meeting between the two men as "at times awkward".

The claims were among the latest tranche of cables to be published by whistleblowing site WikiLeaks.

Mr Campbell, a Catholic, made his comments during a conversation with Julieta Valls Noyes, the American deputy chief of mission to the Holy See.

He was speaking to her at a dinner held in the Archbishop's honour attended by senior Vatican officials following his meeting with the Pope.

A cable sent shortly afterwards relayed his remarks.

Mr Campbell also said: "The crisis is worrisome for England's small, mostly Irish-origin, Catholic minority. There is still latent anti-Catholicism in some parts of England and it may not take much to set it off."

He warned: "The outcome could be discrimination or in isolated cases, even violence, against this minority."

The cable continued: "The Vatican decision seems to have been aimed primarily at Anglicans in the US and Australia, with little thought given to how it would affect the centre of Anglicanism, England, or the archbishop of Canterbury. [You think?] Benedict XVI, Campbell said, had put Williams in an impossible situation. [Well, Williams is doing the impossible...NOTHING.] If Williams reacted more forcefully, he would destroy decades of work on ecumenical dialogue; by not reacting more harshly, he has lost support among angry Anglicans."

The cables are among a number of dispatches from America's Vatican embassy which have been released by the website WikiLeaks.

They also disclosed that the Vatican was angry that officials had been called from Rome to testify before an Irish commission investigating child abuse by priests and had refused to allow them to go. [You think?]

The reports also claimed the Pope was responsible for the Vatican's resistance to Turkey joining the EU and wanted a reference to Europe's "Christian roots" included in the EU constitution.  [I am getting tired at this....YOU THINK?!]


Even if the pope did not issue Anglicanorum coetibus, life of being a Catholic is hard these days.

Do you agree?

Well, personally, I live in the Philippines, a Catholic country, but I work with a boss who boasts of being educated by Jesuits, but who hates going to Mass and would rather golf on Sundays, and would openly criticize the moral authority of the Church. And worst of all, he would claim that our image of who God is, the makings of theologians who have nothing to do with their lives.

As a Catholic and a Knight of Columbus who's personal motto as a knight is "Credo, ego sum.", how do you expect I am feeling right now?

With a media soooo up against the neck of the Church, you think faithful Catholics are not facing a form of harassment and violence these days?

And no thanks to bishop, priests and nuns who dress like Catholics but are like termite who works to tear the Church up from the inside...

Geez, what a rant filled Monday!

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