The Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday made his most outspoken challenge to
the Roman Catholic Church since the Pope invited disaffected Anglicans to
switch to Rome.
Speaking before he meets Benedict XVI tomorrow, Dr Rowan Williams told a
conference in Rome that the Catholic Church’s refusal to ordain women was a
bar to Christian unity….
[Y]esterday the Archbishop made clear that there would be no turning back
the clock on women priests in order to appease critics.
I am glad to hear that the Archbishop has strongly reaffirmed the Anglican Communion's commitment to the ordination of women, and, perhaps more significantly, has thrown the burden for Christian unity back on Rome. If the Anglicans and the Roman Catholics will ever come into full communion, Rome will have to accept the ordination of women.