Catholics and Anglicans have the same opinion about everything except women and LGBT

Pope Francis (R) and , Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby react at the end of the Vesper prayer in the Church of San Gregorio al Celio, in central Rome on October 5, 2016. Pope Francis and Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will attend a special service in Rome on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the first joint prayer of a Catholic pontiff and a head of the Church of England. The two men will preside over vespers, or evening prayers, in the ancient church of San Gregorio al Celio in the Italian capital. The service has been organised to mark 50 years since a historic meeting between the then archbishop, Michael Ramsey, and Pope Paul VI. / AFP / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury have pledged to reunify their churches but remain split on the issues of sexuality and woman’s role. Justin Welby and Pope Francis said they remained “undeterred” in bringing the two institutions back together after almost 500 years of being apart. Speaking of the common ground, reached between the two churches over the last few decades, they admitted there was still “serious obstacles” to reunification – with issues over sexuality and women being some of the largest. “Much progress has been made concerning many areas that have kept us apart,” the pair said, “Yet new circumstances have presented new disagreements among us, particularly regarding the ordination of women and more recent questions regarding human sexuality.”

The Catholic church said it remained fundamentally opposed to the possibility of blessing same-sex marriages, ordaining gay bishops and allowing female clergy, moves the Church of England is currently taking. Despite the differences, after giving prayers together the two said they would seek new ways to work out their theological differences, adding they believed God would “open new doors”. For years the two churches have viewed each other as heretical, but now have spoken of their “common faith” and described each other’s denominations as “brothers and sisters”.


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