Trying to finish what his Nazi forces started during World War II, Pope Joseph Ratzinger will attack England tomorrow with a bizarre offer to turn Anglicans into Catholics, even though he has publically described non-Catholic Christians as following a “defective” religion, and also the Church of England lets ladies work as priests, and other Anglican churches allow women to serve as bishops, and in general the decentralized Anglican faith is not really so much known for raping children constantly, the way the ordained Catholic officials rape children constantly, and then spend decades/centuries trying to hide it and discrediting the victims. Anyway, good try, Ratzi, we guess?
He will use the final speech of his historic state visit to urge for a “restoration of full ecclesial communion” between the Churches, which separated nearly 500 years ago.
Addressing the Catholic bishops of England, Wales and Scotland, he will argue that his offer to disaffected Anglicans should not be viewed negatively, but as “a prophetic gesture”.
However, the speech could undermine his efforts to build bridges with Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who confronted the Pope over the issue last year.
There are between 40 million and 77 million Anglican adherents, depending on your definitions — the Church of England itself claims 25 million members, although most of those people aren’t actually religious beyond the infant baptism/wedding/funeral ceremonies and an occasional Christmas service for nostalgia.