In Brief... Papal Authority to be Universal

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An Anglican and Roman Catholic joint commission has recognized the Pope's overall spiritual authority, depicting him as a "gift to be received by all the churches."

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, recently stated: "In a world torn apart by violence and division, Christians urgently need to speak with a common voice, confident of the authority of the gospel of peace" (emphasis ours).

Following five years of intense debate, a 50-page paper was recently published by the joint commission. Its frightening conclusion was that "only the Pope has the moral authority to unite the various Christian denominations."

Said the Anglican Bishop Arundel and Brighton, "The primacy of the Pope is a gift to be shared." (Electronic Telegraph, Issue 1448, May 13, article by Oliver Poole)

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