I think the present Pope's visit to England will be very different [from the 1982 visit that included a public service with the then-Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie]. Pope John Paul's was an [sic] pastoral visit. It was loaded with ecumenical assumptions which no longer apply. I doubt very much if Benedict XVI will do much more than pay a private courtesy call to the Archbishop of Canterbury--drink tea, discuss the Muppets, exchange gifts and then pose for the cameras. Pope Benedict's visit will probably be billed as an Apostolic Journey--the implication being that he is following in the footsteps of SS Peter and Paul, and that he comes as an apostle and a missionary. In other words, he's walking where St Augustine walked, and Benedict the Pope will do so in the tradition of Augustine the Benedictine monk.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Visiting St. Augustine's Chair
Fr. Dwight Longenecker has this on Pope Benedict's upcoming visit to Britain: