While their meeting on April 3 will not change the moral problems that plague the world– it is impossible to ignore their encounter, as well as the contrast between HMQ Elizabeth II, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and Francis.
The media was abuzz with speculations over this meeting– which turned out to be very low key, compared to Obama’s fanfared welcome at the Vatican the week before.
In terms of historical significance, this may be HMQ Elizabeth II’s last visit to the Vatican, considering that she is 87 years of age. For this occasion, she wore an outfit of lilac color– not the usual formal black attire and mantilla she has worn in the past– as when she met with Pope Pius XII.
During her visit to Rome, Elizabeth II enjoyed a lunch of herbal risotto and spring lamb with the “former” Communist (once a Communist, always a Communist) President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano. Afterwards, she made her way to the Vatican, along with Prince Philip, bearing gifts of the finest whisky, honey and soaps– and visited with Francis for the first time.
This is a far cry from the pugnacious schismatic environment that existed 480 years ago, when Pope Clement VII received a threatening letter written in 1534, signed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and British Members of Parliament– demanding the annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon — or else — so that he could be free to marry Anne Boleyn. This famous letter is part of a collection of British manuscripts at the Vatican Secret Archives– which includes Henry VIII’s love letters to Anne Boleyn.
The meeting between HMQ Elizabeth II and Francis was surely a matter of protocol for the Queen– but modernist Vatican officials will most certainly look at it as another instance of “successful” ecumenism.
While the aforementioned encounter was full of pleasantries– there is another reality behind the modernist Catholic ecumenical
movement train wreck. A reality which was made very clear to me in a conversation I had with a conservative member of the Church of England, who expressed the deep concern that many have regarding ecumenism– including serious reservations about joining the Catholic Church under the current modernist administration.
Someone has to say the truth…
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