Friday, April 5, 2013

Anglican bishop awarded medal for ecumenical work

Award goes to person of 'ardor, boldness and creativity'
Anglican Bishop Baycroft receives the Eugene de Mazenod
Award for his work in ecumenism. (Photo: CCN)
An Anglican bishop was awarded a medal for his work in ecumenism. Bishop Baycroft celebrated the things Catholics and Anglicans hold in common, rather than stress their differences.
“The word ‘ecumenism’ isn’t very catchy,” the Ottawa Anglican Bishop Emeritus told a gathering of faculty and local clergy, both Anglican and Catholic. “It’s too easily mistaken for an option.”

Bishop Baycroft, who also served as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Holy See and as director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, said ecumenism is essential, because “the goal is communion, but a communion far broader than just ecclesial communion.”

“Why go through all this talking with each other? It’s so we can experience reconciliation, so we can contribute to peace. How do we do it? Communion is how we do it,” he said.
For full story, see The B.C. Catholic website.

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