One more step for the Pope
POPE Benedict's state visit to England and Scotland, magnificently staged and deeply emotional, celebrated the life and work of the great thinker Cardinal John Henry Newman. It also celebrated an understated fact, the huge rise in the status and influence of the Roman Catholic Church in Britain.
In every corner of the establishment, Catholics are present, often close to the top. Catholic education flourishes. Old prejudices have dwindled to an insignificant level. All this benefits the entire society.
But relations between the Roman and Anglican churches, though apparently warm, are not easy. The issues of priestly celibacy and ordination of women provoke Anglican resentment. And one question on which the two churches appear united is, frankly, puzzling.