Is the C of E ready?
Anglican and Catholic theologians have been meeting in Durban, talking together and taking photographs of the local crocodiles but a possibly more exciting and eventful encounter between the two Churches is coming up at the end of the summer. The Vatican’s newly-formed cricket team will be arriving to play an Anglican team at Canterbury on 19 September. Other games may possibly take place before this at Brighton and Arundel, seat of the premier Catholic peer, the Duke of Norfolk. Is the C of E ready? Calls have gone out for players. The Vatican team is able to call on the ser vices of Indian and Australian seminarians and clergy. One Englishman in their team will be a former Durham city player and Captain of Durham City second team, Fr Tony Currer (who also serves at the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity on the Anglican and Methodist desk). Can the Church which has included such star cricketers as David Sheppard (a Bishop) and Peter May (a Reader) in its ranks fail to rise to the challenge? English cricket is in the doldrums but the C of E has a chance to give cricket enthusiasts something to cheer about at last.