- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 14, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has reminded members of the Church of England that “schism is not a Christian act” (“Further schism warned over gays by Episcopals,” Top News, Monday). Given the history of her church, this statement is astounding.

The Church of England was the Roman Catholic Church of England for almost 1,000 years. In 1534, Henry VIII broke from Rome because Pope Clement VII refused to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Henry wanted to marry Anne Boleyn and needed this annulment — hardly a legitimate reason to break from the authority of the pope and form a new church. Any members of the Anglican Communion who are unhappy with the direction in which their church is going should consider going back to their roots — the Roman Catholic Church. It has preserved the traditional teachings of Jesus Christ for almost 2,000 years.

STEVEN M. MORGANO

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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