Who’s that bright Anglican outsider at Vatican bishops’ synod?

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Retired Rev. Tim Thornton visits with Pope Francis during the synod at the Vatican. Photo courtesy of L’Ossevatore Romano

Retired Rev. Tim Thornton visits with Pope Francis during the synod at the Vatican. Photo courtesy of L’Ossevatore Romano

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Anglican Bishop Tim Thornton’s vivid purple cassock instantly marks him as an outsider at the Vatican’s synod on the family. Thornton, of Cornwall, England, is one of 14 “fraternal delegates” to bring views of other churches to discussions.

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  • mike

    The liberal anglican says “As Christians, if we don’t accept change — embrace change as a key element of who we are — I think we are being less true to the gospel,” he said. “And if we change, who knows what’s going to happen tomorrow? We are open to what God is wanting of us.”

    Wow. I’m so glad Church leaders don’t share this man-made way of thinking.

  • Steven Barrett

    Unfortunately Ms. Scammell was unable to include another part of this long running series of arguments … the horrible comments of lay conservative Catholics about the proposed changes. Most of the objections seem to be coming from the “more Roman than the Pope Catholics” … many of them being converts from Anglicanism and reverts from Protestant churches they wandered into during their lives. They, too, often become afflicted by similar traits of this form of triumphalism. And it’s enough to send me back to the Anglicans who I believe have a much more Christlike approach towards discerning who is qualified to receive it. Things are getting too clubby in Rome.

  • Jose

    Exactly on the spot Mike!

    “And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” – Genesys

    “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” – Mathew 24:35

    God says his word will never pass away; but these politicians in bisop dress try to change it with money and muscle power.

  • Jose

    Jesus gave pure vegetarian Wheat Bread and Grape Juice as his own body and blood for the man kind… At his birth, there were cattle and sheep inside the stable – rejoicing the heavenly music and calmness of the event. However, these English generations resistant to change their pagan ways, decided to stick to their meat eating habits and made Christmas a night mare to innocent cattle’s. There is a narration of “even a donkey” speaking at the service of God. If so, with the great luck of being eye witness to Jesus birth, these cattle might have got some wisdom and foresight – if so, instead of rejoicing, they would have been weeping for the bad luck of their descendants on Christmas day.
    It is this meat eating habit – a departure from Holy Vegetarian food of Christ – that causes all these troubles in west.