Richard Eden of the Daily Telegraph has reported that Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, who is also the head of the Church of England, is “appalled” at what has happened to the Anglican Communion.
The usually well-informed newspaper adds that the Queen, who is the Supreme Governor of the C(hurch) of E(ngland), is “also said to have an affinity with the Holy Father, who is of her generation”.
Quite good stuff to hear of the affinity that Queen Elizabeth has for Papa Bene.
This is the kind of ecumenism that I am very embracing of. Hopefully as head of the Church of England the good Queen can directly intervene more in the affairs the shenanigans that comes out of the Anglican Communion. Though I doubt this since her post has become increasingly more ceremonial than functional.
But this symbolism is very important and it could probably jolt Westminster, the seat of the Catholic Church in England, to be more accommodating to those Anglicans that wish to revert to Rome.
In July, The Sunday Telegraph disclosed that the Queen had told the heads of a traditionalist group, formed in response to the liberal direction of some parts of the Anglican Communion, that she “understood their concerns” about the future of the 80 million-strong global church.