Further, it would appear there is no longer any point in ecumenical discussions between the
As Fr. Longenecker points out in a very good post on the subject, "Future Church of England," it is now impossible even to identify who to talk to. What with the evangelicals going their way and the Anglo-Catholics going their way, and the schisms within schisms...
... there is no way a unified body could be identified to talk with even if we wanted to. Ecumenism will now be with individuals and smaller groups.
He concludes the post with the following observation:
Finally, the other thing that is certain is that the fuss in Anglicanism will bring a good number of people to the banks of the
Amen. I couldn't say it any better than that. Please do pray for our Anglican brothers and sisters. They have reached an impasse with the C of E, and the next few days, weeks and months will be critical. I doubt we will see any mass return to the Catholic fold, but I think we will almost certainly see some number of individuals crossing the Tiber. I pray so, anyway.
Perhaps the words of the great Anglo-Catholic convert to the Catholic Church, John Henry, Cardinal Newman, will encourage them:
We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.
More on General Synod vote -
Another good post by Fr. Longenecker: Church of England to Have Female Bishops
From Vatican Radio: Vatican Regret at Anglican Vote to Ordain Female Bishops
More from Cardinal Kaspar on women bishops: Mission of Bishops in the Mystery of the Church