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Title: The Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue about Authority in the Church
Author(s): DENAUX, Adelbert
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 24 Issue: 4 Date: winter 1999
When Christian Churches try to grow towards full visible communion with each other, they have to accept a common form of authority. This implies a common vision about the nature of authority in the Church, and about the way it is exercised in practice. The question of authority in the Church, particularly the authority of the Bishop of Rome, was a key element in the division that occurred at the time of the English Reformation. For four centuries both Churches developed their structures of authority in separation from each other, and Anglicans lived without the ministry of the Bishop of Rome. The theme of authority could not be absent from the agenda of the dialogue between the two Churches.