Is the C of E ready?

The Church of England - - Comment -

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.

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