The new Pope has reportedly said the Church universal needs Anglicans and that the Ordinariate established by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI during his pontificate is "quite unnecessary". The Anglican Bishop of Argentina and former Primate of the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone, the Rt Revd Greg Venables said Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was "an inspired choice". In a note released following the March 13 election of Pope Francis, Anglican Bishop Venables wrote "Many are asking me what is really like. He is much more of a Christian, Christ centered and Spirit filled, than a mere churchman. He believes the Bible as it is written.
"I have been with him on many occasions and he always makes me sit next to him and invariably makes me take part and often do what he as Cardinal should have done. He is consistently humble and wise, outstandingly gifted yet a common man. He is no fool and speaks out very quietly yet clearly when necessary."
Bishop Venables added that in a conversation with Cardinal Bergoglio, the now Pope Francis made it clear that he values the place of Anglicans among Christians in general. "He called me to have breakfast with him one morning and told me very clearly that the Ordinariate was quite unnecessary and that the Church needs us as Anglicans." The Anglican prelate added, "I consider this to be an inspired appointment not because he is a close and personal friend, but because of who he is In Christ. Pray for him."
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