Author(s): Vedat afak YAMI
Today, Anglican Church has about 80 million attendants (including the Episcopal Church in the USA) some of who are not content with its policy of allowing women and gay priests to be bishops. They seem to be attracted by the liturgical and historical links with Catholicism and thinking of becoming Catholics. After the announcement of the Apostolic Constitution by Rome, the question on minds is if Anglican Church will suffer a flow of new converts from her churches worldwide or will the new step of Vatican bring their differences closer. Since the Anglican Church was structured after King Henry VIII's split from Rome in the 16th century, the relationship between the two Churches has never been too warm but rather characterized by the kind of doubtfulness and insensitivity. The new Constitution promises to allow the Anglican converts to hang onto their Anglican culture and parish life as advancing under the rigid umbrella of Vatican doctrines.