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Statement from the Catholic Bishops' Conference - women bishops
Monday 14th July 2014


The Catholic Church remains fully committed to its dialogue with the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. For the Catholic Church, the goal of
ecumenical dialogue continues to be full visible ecclesial communion. Such full ecclesial communion embraces full communion in the episcopal office.

The decision of the Church of England to admit women to the episcopate therefore sadly places a further obstacle on the path to this unity between us.
Nevertheless we are committed to continuing our ecumenical dialogue, seeking deeper mutual understanding and practical cooperation wherever possible.

We note and appreciate the arrangement of pastoral provision, incorporated into the House of Bishops' Declaration and the amending Canon passed by the
General Synod, for those members of the Church of England who continue to hold to the historic understanding of the episcopate shared by the Catholic and
Orthodox Churches.

 At this difficult moment we affirm again the significant ecumenical progress which has been made in the decades since the Second Vatican Council and the development of firm and lasting friendships between our communities. We rejoice in these bonds of affection and will do all we can to strengthen them and seek together to witness to the Gospel in our society. 

Archbishop Bernard Longley
Chairman of the Department for Dialogue and Unity
Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales


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