Frank Advice 10


Dear Frank,

We were all terribly pleased with  Fr Raniero. He’s a chap who can press all the buttons – though I am not sure that some of our Anglo-Catholics share his enthusiasm for the Reformation. The important thing was that he was upbeat. Who would have thought you could get so much out of Haggai? I was impressed.

It is good to know that you have grasped how important ecumenism is for us Anglicans. Being a via media is what defines us. It is a paradox: a continual striving after something we do not really want. An ‘ecumenical death wish’, you might call it. But for us, of course, it’s just a way of life.

So the idea that women bishops and gay sex have not put an end to the Anglican-Catholic dialogue, but allowed it to continue at a higher level, was just the thing we needed to hear. (Though I am not sure the image about canals and sluice-gates really worked!).

Cantalamessa, I can see, is a real asset. Perhaps we could return the compliment by sending one of our chaps to preach at your next Synod. I have a few names in mind.

Thanks for the much needed support,

Your colleague and friend,


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