Anglican head's 'hurt' a reminder of 'disagreements yet to be resolved'
The Archbishop of Canterbury accused the Catholic Church on Wednesday of being "hurtful and unhelpful" in its attitude to sharing the sacraments with the Church of England.
In a preface to a report from the House of Bishops, Dr George Carey said the Catholic Church's ban on the two denominations sharing Holy Communion was particularly damaging. The report, called The Eucharist: Sacrament of Unity, said Anglicans shared the same beliefs about the presence of Christ in Holy Communion and so should not be excluded.
In response, the the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, warmly welcomed the decision of the Anglicans to respond to the Catholic document One Bread One Body.
He said in a statement released by the Catholic Media Office: "It indicates the seriousness with which Anglicans and Catholics view the continuing dialogue between us. While it highlights the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the Church, it also underlines disagreements yet to be resolved."
The Telegraph said the report is described as a "courteous yet robust response" to the One Bread One Body document which the British Catholic Church published three years ago.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, said: "It is a sign of our maturing friendship that we can reflect on these disagreements knowing that they are part of the process which will eventually lead to full communion."
Electronic Telegraph/Catholic Media Office