This new move is a major assault on the Anglican institution by the Roman Antichrist, and needs to be properly understood. But first, there is a need for some background information:
A Brief Background: Infiltration and Ecumenism
At the time of the Protestant Reformation, England was Roman Catholic; but political maneuvering and intrigue brought about a break with Rome and the establishment of the so-called “Church of England”, or Anglican “Church”. This was far from being a biblical church. In many respects it was simply a modified version of Roman Catholicism. Instead of the pope of Rome being its head, the English monarch was established in his place – which was totally unbiblical. Doctrinally it retained such Popish errors as baptismal regeneration, a priesthood, etc., and it also retained the persecuting spirit of its mother. It was truly a “daughter” of the Mother Harlot of Rome (Rev. 17:5). Nevertheless, as long as this state of things continued, Rome could never be in full control of England. And for this reason Anglicanism has been a particular target of the Vatican ever since then. Jesuit secret agents were sent in to infiltrate and then undermine the Anglican institution from within, gradually turning it Romeward again. The nineteenth-century “Oxford Movement” was a major Romeward movement within the Anglican institution, led by Anglo-Catholic priests who desired to deceptively move Anglicanism back into the Roman fold. And by the middle of the twentieth century huge progress had been made, with large numbers of Anglican priests decidedly sympathetic to the Roman Catholic religion, many of them even being closet Papists themselves. And at the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, its “Decree on Ecumenism” pushed the ecumenical movement even further, by stating that “Among those [religious communions] in which Catholic traditions and institutions in part continue to exist, the Anglican Communion occupies a special place.”
As further background to this latest Papal move, I quote from my book, Satan’s Seat:
“One of Rome’s primary objectives has been the conquest of England. To achieve this, it was necessary to destroy the Anglican denomination, the so-called ‘Church of England’. The Jesuits did their work well: the ‘Romeward Movement’ within Anglicanism gained momentum through the 19th century, and into the 20th; and then came Vatican II, which gave it a massive boost.
“In 1966, Pope Paul VI and the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury decided to begin ‘dialogue’, the objective being to establish ‘unity’. The first Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) was established in 1969 to study the issues involved. Its final report was published in 1982. That same year, ARCIC II was established. As a result of these commissions, tremendous progress was made towards ‘unity’ (in reality, the absorption of the Anglican denomination into the Roman Catholic Institution).
“In 1980, the Queen of England visited the pope, and approved of the Ecumenical Movement. And in 1982, John Paul II visited Britain! He called the Anglicans his ‘brothers and sisters’, saying he loved and longed for them, and he referred to the years since the Reformation as ‘sad years of division’!
“His visit to Britain did wonders for the Ecumenical Movement. It was the first time a pope of Rome had ever visited that country; and the ‘Protestants’ accepted it. Today the Anglican denomination is committed to ‘unity’ with Rome. Roman Catholics and Anglicans are looking upon one another as ‘fellow Christians’, and many ‘Protestants’ are regretting that the Reformation ever took place…
“In November 1986, the General Synod of the ‘Church of England’ endorsed ARCIC documents which envisaged the pope as ‘Universal Primate’ in a union between Romanism and Anglicanism. Thus another step forward was taken…. The Anglican denomination is clearly well on the way to ‘unity’ with the Mother of harlots and abominations.”
Since then, even more ecumenical progress has been made, as Anglicanism has continued to weaken and Romanism has surged ahead in England. But even so, there have been some major setbacks for “unity”, in particular Anglicanism’s acceptance of women and sodomite priests. When the Anglican general synod voted to permit women priests back in 1992, over 400 Anglican priests left the “Church of England”, with many of them joining Rome.
Nevertheless, despite these serious setbacks, the “unity” talks continued.