Vatican Extends Hand to Anglicans

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The Vatican is reaching out to Anglicans who have left the Episcopal Church and is inviting them to join the Roman Catholic Church.

A number of churches and entire dioceses have left the Episcopal Church in recent months. They're angry over the liberal theological and cultural direction the Episcopal Church has taken.

Martyn Minns is the bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, applauds the Catholic Church's invitation.

"The Vatican is opening a door for Anglicans who sense a call to be part of the Church of Rome to join that body and still maintain Anglican traditions," he said.

Reverend Marc Robertson, rector of Christ Church in Savannah, Ga. believes the Vatican's intentions are honorable. However, he says it would be difficult to minimize the theological differences Anglicans have with the Catholic Church, namely over the doctrine of salvation that man is justified by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

"Some of our forbearers died at the stake and were burned at the stake, lost their lives and gave their very lives over this issue," Robertson explained. "And they sought to bring Rome back to an expression of faith that would be constant with the apostolic teaching. The biblical teaching of how God justifies a sinner."

Robertson and his parishoners are in the middle of a legal battle to prevent the Episcopal Church from claiming ownership of their church's property and its buildings.

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