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The Windsor Report: Two Observations on Its Ecumenical Content

J. Robert Wright

This essay comments on the ways in which two important international ecumenical dialogues of the Anglican Communion are treated in the Windsor Report: misleadingly in the case of the Roman Catholic Church, and hardly at all in the case of the Orthodox. The authority of Scripture and that of the Pope are contrasted within the Report in a way that plays off the one against the other, rather than illustrating the considerable range of agreement that ecumenical dialogue has produced. Also, no mention is made of the tolerable organizational diversity that allows the various Orthodox churches to coexist without any one centralized authority, an ecclesiological option that might be favored as an alternative structural model by some Anglicans in the current situation.

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