500 Thousand Anglicans Enter The Catholic Church

  • As it is well-known, the Anglicans arise as a result of which Merciful Pope VII refused in 1534 to annul the marriage of Enrique VIII with Catherine de Aragon. The English king is excomulgado, separates of the Catholic Church and, in retaliation, head of the church of England self-proclaims itself. He ordered that all the bishops and priests reject the jurisdiction of the Pope and those that refused they were martyred, like San Juan bishop Fisher and Santo Toms Moor. Later, the great dilemma went to appoint the archbishop of Canterbury so that it becomes the first religious authority, because the bishops were only appointed by the Pope. Isabel I chose to Matthew Parker so that he was consecrated by a bishop deserter of the catholicism and thus it began the hierarchy and the succession in this church.

    Today the Anglicans have 73 million distributed members anywhere in the world, being more numerous in Great Britain and the countries of the ex- British Federation of Nations (the Commonwealth). They are organized in ecclesiastical provinces, and although there is a respect by the archbishop of Canterbury (at present doctor Rowan Williams), these are independent. Today, more than 500 thousand Anglicans, especially of Africa, Australia and Great Britain, and in smaller degree of the United States, members of the Traditional Anglican Communion, and Forward in Faith (To advance in the Faith), they have solicitd to return to the communion with the Catholic Church. They motivate this desire his rejection to the arrangement of women priests and the appointment of one obispa, the union between people of the same sex, prepared by the Anglican Church of Canada.