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VATICAN CITY * A week and a half after losing five Anglican bishops to the Catholic church, the leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion reaffirmed his dedication to ecumenical relations between the two churches--and his belief that female Anglican priests should not be an impediment to union.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams spoke Nov. 17 at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Vatican's ecumenical office. Dozens of senior Catholic leaders attended.

While reflecting on progress in Anglican-Catholic relations, Williams admitted to "intractable difficulties" in two areas: disputes over the authority of the pope, and a failure of the two churches "to recognize each other's ministries fully."

Williams asked rhetorically "in what way" the ordination of women priests could "compromise the purposes of the church."

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Date:Nov 26, 2010
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