Item 10 - Bishop Butler to Bishop Clark: Communion instead of relationship

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GB ARCHON 2913 EABC-00-01-10


Bishop Butler to Bishop Clark: Communion instead of relationship


  • 21 January 1973 (Creation)

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1 side; typescript; headed

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1980: writing to Bishop Clark

Basil Butler was a convert to Roman Catholicism from Church of England.
He was a Roman Catholic priest, the 7th Abbot of Downside Abbey, one-time Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation, an auxiliary bishop of Westminster, an internationally respected scripture scholar, a consistent defender of the priority of the Gospel according to Matthew, and the pre-eminent English-speaking Council Father at the Second Vatican Council (1962–65).

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pre-2018: ADW

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RCDEA Archive

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If one substitutes for "relationship" the word "communion" - then could have said: every Christian is in a real (though sometimes imperfect) communion with the Roman Catholic Church. One could say same thing not only about individual separated brethren but about their "churches or ecclesial communities". cf "The Theology of Vatican II' pp 124-134.

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