Anglican - Roman Catholic Relations: A Journey in hope

The 19th Century was a time of decreasing hostility and suspicion, a greater acceptance of Roman Catholics within society, and the conscious emergence of a world-wide Anglican Communion. Relations between Roman Catholics and Anglicans were at a personal level of friendship rather than on an official level.

The earlier part of the 20th Century saw some attempts at bridge-building, largely still on a personal level, with Cardinal Mercier of Malines observing:

"In order to unite with one another, we must love one another;in order to love one another, we must know one another; in order to know one anotherm we must go and meet one another."

Then, in the 1960s, came the Second Vatican Council.

Some of the texts from this story, a Journey in hope, are contained in a booklet published by the Anglican Centre:journey in hope banner for web

“The ecumenical pilgrimage is one of discoveries.

 Some are painful discoveries of how we are viewed by others or how we have hurt and harmed others: this requires of all of us the healing of memories.

Our joyful discoveries are what we have in common and what others can offer us.”

Thus writes Bishop Stephen Platten, the Chairman of the Anglican Centre in Rome, in his introduction to a booklet of texts significant in Anglican – Roman Catholic Relations, ranging from King James I, via Lambeth Conferences and Vatican II, up to the present day. The booklet is part of the Anglican Centre’s work of building friendly and informed relations, and helps to put the new ARCIC III conversations into context.


The booklet will be a helpful to those wanting to deepen their understanding of the ecumenical journey, with its joys and sorrows.

It can be downloaded here.


Payments and donations may be made by Paypal from anywhere in the world. On this site, they are currently made in £ sterling, and your credit/debit card provider makes the conversion into your local currency, with the card provider's usual conversion charges.